Golf: Scott Barr still in the lead at rain-delayed World Classic Championship

Scott Barr of Australia considers a shot during the pro-am tournament ahead of the World Classic Championship.
Scott Barr of Australia considers a shot during the pro-am tournament ahead of the World Classic Championship.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Australian Scott Barr kept his lead at the halfway mark of the US$750,000 (S$1.07 million) World Classic Championship at Laguna National Golf and Country Club on Friday.

The Laguna-based player, one of four overnight leaders, hit two birdies but they were cancelled out by two bogeys as he finished on level-par 71 for a two-under 140 total after two rounds.

Thailand's Natipong Srithong and Chinnarat Phadungsil were on three under but were unable to complete their rounds as play was halted due to fading light. Earlier in the afternoon, play was suspended for more than two hours due to bad weather. Sixty-six golfers have yet to finish their rounds and will resume play on Saturday morning.

In the morning session, most in the field of 144 continued to struggle on Laguna's tough World Classic course, dubbed "The Beast".

Singapore's top golfer Mardan Mamat carded a 77 to total nine-over 151. Last year's Order of Merit winner David Lipsky posted a whopping seven bogeys and two double-bogeys to sign for an 80 and 14-over 156 total. Both missed the cut.

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