Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat will take a one-shot clubhouse lead into the final round of the weather-hit Malaysian Open today as England’s world No. 3, Luke Donald, missed his first cut on the European Tour.
South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, who was flown in to the tournament by helicopter for his third round, was a shot behind after two holes as the US$2.75 million co-sanctioned Asian Tour event was reduced to 54 holes.
The leaders managed just two holes of their third round before play was suspended for the third day in succession at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
The 23-year-old Kiradech returned in the morning to card a four-under-par 68 in the second round to go two shots ahead of the chasing pack, but his cushion was cut to one after he dropped a shot on the second hole in the third round.
Former Masters winner Schwartzel was about to play his third shot to the par-five third hole when the sirens sounded to indicate an approaching thunderstorm and the suspension of play.
Ireland’s triple major winner Padraig Harrington was among seven players tied for the third spot, two shots off the pace.
Taiwan’s Tsai Chi huang was tied for 84th after shooting a two-over 74, while compatriot Chan Yih-shin was tied for 90th after shooting a three-over 72.
Additional reporting by staff writer