Bad weather disrupts Singapore Open

Heavy rain at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course yesterday forced play to be stopped and the Singapore Open final round to be extended to today.
Heavy rain at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course yesterday forced play to be stopped and the Singapore Open final round to be extended to today.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Mother Nature has once again wreaked havoc on the Singapore Open as a lightning threat forced the conclusion of the US$1 million (S$1.4 million) golf tournament to be postponed from yesterday to today.

Play at the Sentosa Golf Club was halted at 2.50pm due to bad weather, with 12 players, including tournament leader Song Young Han and world No. 1 Jordan Spieth, still out on the Serapong Course.

Three hours later, tournament director Jittisak Tamprasert declared the play abandoned. The final round resumes today at 7.30am with free entry to the grounds.

Storms have become part of the fabric of the Singapore Open. The event was switched from a November to a January date to avoid the peak monsoon season.

This is the third time in the last four editions that the Open, now backed by Japanese bank SMBC and making a comeback after a three-year hiatus, has been dragged into a Monday finish due to rain delays. The 72-hole tournament extended to a fifth day in 2010 and 2011 too.

South Korean Song, bidding for his first professional win, was 12 under with three holes to complete. He held a two-stroke lead over American Spieth, who was on the 18th green when the siren to suspend play sounded. China's Liang Wenchong shot a two-under 69 and was the clubhouse leader at 10-under 274.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2016, with the headline 'Bad weather disrupts Singapore Open'. Print Edition | Subscribe