Kuala Lumpur: Indiaís Arjun Atwal extended his lead to four strokes in the Malaysian Open before a thunder storm halted the third round on Saturday.
Atwal, who finished his rain-affected second round earlier in the day, had moved to 17 under par after eight holes when the thunderstorm struck the co-sanctioned event at the Mines Resort course.
South African Retief Goosen and Thailandís Thammanoon Srirot were tied in second place at 13 under par also after eight holes.
Irelandís Padraig Harrington, Dean Robertson of Britain and Korean Ted Oh were next best at 11 under.
A similar thunderstorm on Friday suspended play leaving 73 players to complete their second round on Saturday morning.
Atwal was among those out early and he moved into a three-stroke lead after adding a six under par 65 to Thursdayís starting 62. The 29-year-old had picked up birdies at the third and sixth holes of his third round before play stopped for the day.