Golf: Monday finish required as lightning halts S'pore Open

Jordan Speith (left) of the USA reacts after hearing the lightning warning which temporarily halted play during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open on Jan 31,2016.
Jordan Speith (left) of the USA reacts after hearing the lightning warning which temporarily halted play during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open on Jan 31,2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A photographer walks pass 2 security guards at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club after play was stopped due to bad weather during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open held on Jan 31, 2016.
A photographer walks pass 2 security guards at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club after play was stopped due to bad weather during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open held on Jan 31, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Spectators walk under umbrellas at Hole 18 at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course after play was stopped due to bad weather during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open held on Jan 31, 2016.
Spectators walk under umbrellas at Hole 18 at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course after play was stopped due to bad weather during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open held on Jan 31, 2016.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Spectators walk under umbrellas at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course after play was stopped due to bad weather during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open on Jan 31, 2016.
Spectators walk under umbrellas at the Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong Course after play was stopped due to bad weather during the final round of the SMBC Singapore Open on Jan 31, 2016. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The US$1 million (S$1.44 million) SMBC Singapore Open will be stretched into a fifth day after Sunday's final round was abandoned due to a lightning threat.

A total of 12 players out of the 70 in the field were unable to complete their rounds, including tournament leading Song Young Han, who was 12-under through 15 holes.

World No. 1 Jordan Spieth was also affected by the weather delay. The 22-year-old American was 10-under and staring at a five-footer birdie putt on the 18th green at the Sentosa Golf Club when the siren indicating a suspension of play sounded.

The horn around the Serapong Course came at 2.50pm.

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

This is the third time in seven years that the Singapore Open 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.

China's Liang Wenchong shot a two-under 69 and was the clubhouse leader at 10-under 274.

Singapore's Quincy Quek struggled to a four-over 75 and finished on 287. Compatriot James Leow (74), the only amateur to make the cut, was on 291.