Spieth challenge in Singapore halted by weather

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Jordan Spieth’s challenge for the Singapore Open title is postponed until Monday as lightning disrupts the final round with the American two shots behind Song Young-han

Spieth challenge in Singapore halted by weather

SHOWS: SINGAPORE (JANUARY 31, 2016) (ASIA TOUR MEDIA – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

1. VIEW OF THE COURSE

2. JORDAN SPIETH HOLES BIRDIE PUTT AT THE 2ND

3. JORDAN SPIETH ALMOST HOLES BUMKER SHOT AT THE 4TH TO SET UP A BIRDIE

4. JORDAN SPIETH HOLES BIRDIE PUTT AT THE 8TH

5. JORDAN SPIETH HOLES BIRDIE PUTT AT THE 11TH

6. SONG YOUNG-HAN HOLES BIRDIE PUTT AT THE 11TH TO GO 12-UNDER

7. JORDAN SPIETH PLAYS APPROACH AT THE 15TH FROM BEHIND A TREE ONTO THE GREEN TO SET UP A BIRDIE

8. JORDAN SPIETH HOLES BIRDIE PUTT AT THE 15TH

9. JORDAN SPIETH APPROACH ONTO THE 18TH GREEN JUST BEFORE PLAY WAS SUSPENDED FOR LIGHTNING

STORY: World number one Jordan Spieth and South Korean Song Young-han will return on Monday (February 1) to complete their battle for the Singapore Open title after stormy weather agonisingly stopped play at the climax of their final rounds.

Song had a three-metre putt on the 16th green to stay at 12-under-par, while Spieth was presiding over a short birdie effort on the last to sign for an 11-under total when play was halted just before 3 p.m. (0700 GMT) because of inclement weather.

China’s Liang Wenchong was the leader in the clubhouse at 10-under after shooting a final round two-under 69 but he missed a short birdie effort on the last hole, 10 minutes before the rains started.

Despite hopes of a quick resumption, organisers of the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour event eventually called off play at 6 p.m with lightning still in the vicinity. Twelve players will come back on Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. to finish their round.

The event has been hit by poor weather all week and the first two days were curtailed by storms with Song and Spieth among those returning at 7:30 am on Sunday to complete their third rounds.

Song played five holes to sign for a two-under 69 while Spieth went bogey-birdie to close his third round of 70 to sit five back of the South Korean world number 204, who was looking for his first tournament win.

Large galleries came to watch the double major winner try and haul in the deficit with some final round magic but the American never really hit his customary supreme heights.

He did pick up two birdies in four holes to cut the deficit on Song but another short missed putt, which has troubled him all week, on the fifth led to a momentum-killing dropped shot.

He bounced back with birdies at eight, 11 and 15, the last one coming after a brilliant approach under some trees which chased up the green to four metres as he closed to within two shots of the lead.

Song stayed out in front though, calmly slotting clutch par putts on 13 and 14 to stay at 12-under before the weather interrupted.

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