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Thomas Bjorn leads in clubhouse after early end to round one of Singapore Open

Last Updated: 10/11/12 7:21am

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Thomas Bjorn: Clubhouse leader after opening round of 66

Thomas Bjorn: Clubhouse leader after opening round of 66

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Thunderstorms brought a premature end to the opening round of the Singapore Open leaving Thomas Bjorn as the overnight leader in the clubhouse.

The Dane posted a five-under-par 66 to lead the way by a single stroke, while afternoon starter Rory McIlroy managed only eight holes before being forced off by the rainy conditions.

It means the Northern Irishman, who headed in at level-par, 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.

Bjorn, who mixed six birdies and just a single bogey, finished the day one stroke clear of England's Simon Khan, Spaniard Pablo Martin and Thai golfer Chinnarat Phadungsil.

First round leaderboard

(GB & Ire unless stated)
-5 T Bjorn (Den) (18)
-4 S Khan (18)
-4 P Martin (Spa) (18)
-4 C Phadungsil (Tha) (18)
-3 P Casey (18)
-3 C Nirat (Tha) (5)
-3 K Yannin (Tha) (18)
-3 Y Yang (Kor) (18)

Back-to-form Paul Casey and 2009 USPGA champion YE Yang were part of a four-man group only two back, while Englishmen David Howell and Simon Dyson are amongst those three shots adrift.

Mickelson, Harrington struggle

Although brief, McIlroy's efforts took the 23-year-old 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 to stand 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.

Meanwhile, shot of the day came from Edoardo Molinari who made a hole-in-one at the 188-yard 17th hole - his first as a professional.

It was the undoubted highlight of a mixed round from the Italian who, after bogeying his first three holes, fought back to eventually post a one-under 70.

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