Kiyoshi Murota teaches rivals a lesson at Valhalla

US SENIOR PGA: Kiyoshi Murota maintained a four-stroke lead after the conclusion of second-round play on Saturday morning at the Senior PGA Championship.

The 55-year-old golf teacher and touring professional, who seldom plays in the United States, recorded opening rounds of 66 and 67 to stand at 11-under 133 after 36 holes at Valhalla Golf Club. Murota is little known outside Japan because he has rarely played in international events.

A total of 29 golfers had their second rounds suspended by darkness on Friday night. They returned to the course early on Saturday.

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Nick Price and Hale Irwin were tied for second, with Loren Roberts and Olin Browne another shot back at 138.

Among those missing the cut of five-over 149 were Larry Mize, Tom Kite and Peter Jacobsen.

Play was due to begin immediately in the third round in a bid to get the tournament back on schedule, with the fourth and final round scheduled to be completed last night.