Bjorn takes early lead in rain-hit Singapore Open

AFP and Reuters, SINGAPORE

Fri, Nov 09, 2012 - Page 19

First-round play was suspended at the US$6 million Barclays Singapore Open yesterday because of the risk of lightning after a storm hit the course.

Thomas Bjorn was the clubhouse leader with a five-under-par 66 at the par-71 Sentosa Golf Club, while world No. 1 Rory McIlroy was one-under-par through his first seven holes.

After a 105-minute suspension, the round was halted at 5pm and is scheduled to resume at 7:30am today.

Earlier, Edoardo Molinari capped a fine comeback after a disastrous start by recording the first hole-in-one of his professional career on the way to posting a one-under 70.

The Italian, who has been bothered by a wrist which required surgery, aced the par-three 17th to move under par for the first time in his round.

“I hit a six-iron 188 yards and we had a decent view of it. It pitched just short of the hole and all of a sudden the people behind the green started to scream and clap,” the 31-year-old said.

Taiwan’s Chan Yih-shin was even-par on the 12th hole when play was suspended, with Lin Wen-tang one-over on the eighth hole. Hsieh Tung-shu carded a 77.