Thomas Bjorn regained the lead on day three of the Singapore Open
Last Updated: November 11, 2012 12:17am
Thomas Bjorn: One-shot lead at the end of day three
Thomas Bjorn regained control on day three of the Singapore Open as organisers attempted to make up for time lost to the weather.
Having shot an opening 66 to claim the lead on day one, the Dane was not able to play a single shot on Friday and saw his position at the top of the leaderboard usurped.
However, he shot a 67 to hold a two-shot lead by the time the second round was finally completed, although that had been trimmed to one by Chris Wood at the close of play on Saturday.
The Englishman - who claimed the first professional victory of his career in Thailand in August - had earlier posted a 65 to move into a share of second at the halfway point alongside South Africa's George Coetzee (63).
Third round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-9 T Bjorn (Den) (3)
-8 C Wood (3)
-7 G Coetzee (SA) (3)
-6 E Molinari (Ita) (3)
-6 C Nirat (Tha) (4)
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The leaders only managed three holes of their third rounds before darkness fell to bring a halt to proceedings, but Wood birdied the par-three second hole to move into second on his own at eight-under.
Scott in contention
Coetzee is alone in third one further back, while Thailand's Chapchai Nirat and Edoardo Molinari of Italy share fourth at six-under.
A seven-man group gathered at five-under including three-time champion Adam Scott, Italian youngster Matteo Manassero and overnight leader Simon Dyson of England.
World number one Rory McIlroy made early ground on the leaders at the start of his third round, but finished the day five back of Bjorn on four-under.
It was again a mixed bag for McIlroy whose struggles of the first two days continued as he picked up four shots in all, but also dropped two with a double-bogey six at the 444-yard sixth.
Having picked up a shot at the par three second he then eagled the 586-yard fourth before throwing away what he had gained two holes later.
A double-bogey six on the sixth was followed by a birdie on the seventh as the USPGA champion went out in 34 as he looked to improve on shooting 70 on each of the first two days.