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For the second straight year the Azalea Invitational golf tournament has been shortened because of heavy overnight rains at the Country Club of Charleston.

Nearly 2 inches of rain were recorded at the golf course from late Friday night until early Saturday morning and with more rain and possible thunderstorms forecast tournament officials elected to cancel the third round. The field was cut to the low 60 and ties with 67 players qualifying for Sunday's final round with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Country Club of Charleston member Brennen King and Auburn golfer Michael Johnson share the lead at 6-under-par 135 with nine more players within four shots of the lead.

Last year Austin Langdale of Townville, who was a freshman at Clemson this year, was declared the winner in what became a 36-hole tournament after the third round was suspended because of heavy rains and the course was deemed unplayable for Sunday's scheduled final round.