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Thaworn stays ahead at rain-hit Singapore Classic

AFP, SINGAPORE

Ron Harvey Jr of Canada tees off at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic at the Orchid Country Club in Singapore yesterday.

Photo: AFP / Paul Lakatos /Asian Tour

Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand held his lead on 11-under through five holes of his second round after play was suspended due to darkness at the weather-hit ISPS Handa Singapore Classic yesterday. Like the opening round, heavy thunderstorms forced play to be suspended for more than three hours. As a result, 77 players will have to resume their round this morning at the Orchid Country Club.

Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka posted a three-under 67 to complete his round in 132 and stayed three shots back of the Thai veteran, while the US’ Jonathan Moore signed for a 68 to take a share of third place.

He sits alongside countryman Ben Fox, Spain’s Javi Colomo, Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand and Canada’s Ron Harvey Jr on matching 133s.

Kataoka, who enjoyed four top-10s on the Asian Tour last season, was relieved that he was able to complete his round on a day where the weather conditions was unfavorable again.

“You can never tell what the weather’s going to be like here and I’m happy that I managed to complete my rounds and be among the leaders today,” he said.

Moore said the long suspension was hugely disruptive. He was, however, pleased that he could still manage to sign for a good score despite having to play 27 holes on the day.

“It was tough and it was tiring as it was hard to keep a rhythm. Imagine getting warmed up and then cooling down again, but I felt that I did pretty well, being able to manage all of that,” Moore said.

The 26-year-old reached the turn in 32 after marking his card with birdies on holes 11 and 16.

He continued his charge with further birdies on holes one and four before dropping two shots on the seventh and eighth holes.

Taiwan’s Lu Wei-chih, who began the round tied for third, hit a one-under 69 to drop down to eighth-place alongside South Africa’s Anton Haig, Elmer Salvador of the Philippines, China’s Hu Mu and David Lipsky of the US, who only played through six holes when play was called off. They are all tied at six-under 134.

Lu’s compatriot Wang Ter-chang also managed to complete his round, shooting a two-under 68 to sit at 139 on the tournament, while Lin Wen-hong, Hsu Mong-nan, Lu Wen-teh, Lu Tze-shyan and Lin Wen-tang have yet to complete their rounds.

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Chan Shih-chang, Kao Shang-hung, Chan Yih-shin and Chiang Chen-chih failed to make the cut.

Additional reporting by Ted Chang

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