Storm stops play in Singapore

Lancashire Telegraph: Rory McIlroy is at level par after eight holes (AP) Rory McIlroy is at level par after eight holes (AP)

Rory McIlroy managed only eight holes on Thursday before play at the Barclays Singapore Open was called off in mid-afternoon because of a thunderstorm.

The world number one had just bogeyed the short eighth to return to level par, five behind leader Thomas Bjorn, when the day's action came to a premature end.

It means the Northern Irishman faces the prospect of 28 holes on Friday, although it is nothing new for the event - last year it was cut to three rounds and the play-off continued into Monday.

Former Ryder Cup star Bjorn, the 41-year-old Dane, carded a 66 to lead by a stroke from England's Simon Khan, Spaniard Pablo Martin and Thai golfer Chinnarat Phadungsil, with back-to-form Paul Casey among those only two back.

McIlroy, a controversial absentee from last week's world championship in China, started with a bogey, but then had birdies on the fourth and fifth while being watched by girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

Brief though his day's work was, it took the 23-year-old Northern Irishman closer to securing the European Tour money list title as playing partner Louis Oosthuizen, needing a win to keep alive his hopes, ran up a double-bogey seven on the 587-yard seventh and stood two over par.

That put the South African alongside American Phil Mickelson, in with a morning 73, while three-time winner Adam Scott had to be content with a level-par 71 and Ireland's Padraig Harrington could do no better than 74 in the hot and humid conditions.

That included a drive into the lake en route to a seven at the long fourth, a closing bogey - and not a single birdie all day.

Bjorn, three times a winner last year, birdied three of his last six holes and said: "I thought the course would be extremely difficult and my iron play was not 100 per cent, but I hit enough good ones and never got into big trouble.

"Any time you can find some shadow you do it. You don't do too much practice and you pace yourself - it's a long, long week and you've got to stay energised."

More national sport stories

Comments

Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree