Song leads as weather interrupts play

Singapore, January 29

South Korea's Song Young-Han led the pack at the SMBC Singapore Open on Friday as bad weather interrupted play for the second day running.

A total of 78 players, including world No 1 Jordan Spieth, were unable to complete round two of the four-day, $1 million competition because of a thunderstorm at the Sentosa Golf Club. Play is scheduled to resume early Saturday.

Song, who leads Japan's Shintaro Kobayashi by a stroke, carded an outstanding eight-under 63 after the end of the morning session to equal the Serapong Course record set by Argentine Ángel Cabrera in 2007. It propped the South Korean at the head of the leaderboard after he languished in the top 20, with one-under 70, the previous day.

Teeing from the front nine, Song putted two straight birdies before shooting an eagle on the 4th hole. He ended his day with five more birdies and bogeyed only once on the 12th. "It was a superb round and I really have to thank my excellent putting," said the world No 204. "The goal is to win the tournament this week," the South korean added.

US Open and Masters champion Spieth was only able to complete six holes, shooting a birdie in the second. He missed a par opportunity on the fourth after his shot from the tee landed on a lie between two palm trees. The American fumbled on the seventh as well, but as rain had already hit the fairways, it was not tallied into his score. "Didn't get off to a great start but made a good birdie on No 2," said Spieth.

The 22-year-old is playing in the city-state for the first time and said his goal is to win the Singapore Open, but the field is replete with challengers, including some of Asia's best players. The Texan, however, is playing without regular caddie Michael Greller, who is recovering from an ankle injury sustained at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii earlier this month.