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Thunderstorms ended second-round play on Friday in the Singapore open

Last Updated: 10/11/12 12:28am

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Simon Dyson and Chapchai Nirat lead the way in the Singapore Open as more thunderstorms ended second-round play on Friday with half the field yet to start.

It had been hoped play would be able to resume in the evening, but the inclement weather struck once again and the tournament could now be reduced to 54 holes for the second year running.

Dyson was four under for the day and six under overall when play was suspended while Nirat, who shot a 65 on Thursday, was level par for the day's play.

Second round leaderboard

(GB & Ire unless stated)

-6 S Dyson (13)
-6 C Nirat (Tha) (9)
-5 M Manassero (Ita) (14)
-5 F Molinari (Ita) (12)
-5 T Bjorn (Den) (DNS)
-4 George Coetzee (R SA) (11)
-4 Chris Wood (8)
-4 S Khan (DNS)

However, there will be an instant change to that when play resumes as Dyson failed to par the 474-yard fifth - his 14th - just before the siren sounded and was left with a short putt for bogey.

The pair share a one-stroke lead midway through the second round ahead of Matteo Manassero, Francesco Molinari and Thomas Bjorn, the later was unable to begin his round on Friday.

Phil Mickelson, three-time winner Adam Scott and Padraig Harrington did not make it onto the course like Bjorn, but at two over, level par and three over respectively they all have a lot of work to do on the resumption to climb into contention - especially if the tournament is shortened.

World number one Rory McIlroy had managed only eight holes on day one before a thunderstorm halted the action and on his return he birdied the 412-yard 11th and parred in for a one-under 70.

Quickly back onto the Sentosa course as the tournament tried to make up for lost time, the 23-year-old hit trouble on the back nine. After a bogey on the demanding 12th, he double-bogeyed the 458-yard next and at two over was outside the projected halfway cut mark.

McIlroy came back with a birdie at the long 18th however and hit his approach to the 429-yard first to within three feet of the flag. He missed the chance to make it a hat-trick of birdies on the short second.

Tournament organisers have yet to make any announcement regarding a reduced tournament although the aim is for it to remain a 72-hole tournament. Players will return to the course at 7:30am on Saturday.

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