Thomas Bjorn in two-stroke lead as rain eases at Singapore Open
Northern Irishman makes ground on Danish leader as rain lets up at Singapore Open
World number one Rory McIlroy made a late charge up the leaderboard, but still trailed Denmark's Thomas Bjorn by five shots after a marathon day three at the Barclays Singapore Open yesterday.
McIlroy raced into contention with two birdies and an eagle - offset by a watery double-bogey - in the first nine holes of his third round before nightfall halted play in the storm-hit tournament. The third round only started at 4pm after weather interruptions during the first two days meant most of yesterday was taken up with completing the second round at the par-71 Sentosa Golf Club.
Bjorn, 41, was top of the leaderboard at nine under par for the tournament after a 67 in his second round, which gave him a great opportunity to capture his first win of the year.
England's Chris Wood was a shot back at eight under par, with South African George Coetzee two adrift at seven-under after a brilliant 63 in round two.
Ryder Cup star Francesco Molinari was six under for the tournament alongside Thailand's Chapchai Nirat, while three-time winner Adam Scott was at five under.
McIlroy was tied for 13th at four under in a group including Louis Oosthuizen.
"You've got to stay with it," said Bjorn. "The weather is always sweating us, so we don't really know what we're doing and when we're playing, and it's a bit interrupted.
"You just got to try and stay relaxed and see what the tournament brings to you instead of going to chase it."
McIlroy, needing a top-three finish to be confirmed as the European Tour's top prize-money winner this season, admitted the weather delays were frustrating after recording successive 70s in his first two rounds.
"Two under through nine was a pretty decent effort, but I probably need a few more birdies tomorrow morning to get myself within a few shots of the lead going into the fourth round - if it ever happens, that is," said the Northern Irishman. Play will resume at 7.30am today.