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Rain spoils the day, yet again

Nusajaya (Malaysia): Shiv Kapur and SSP Chowrasia continue to be the top Indians at five-under to be at tied ninth, but neither got to start their second round as rain again played spoilsport at the Johor Open, here, on Friday.

Only three players could complete the second round, and the man who stood out on a confusing leaderboard was the mercurial Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

Garcia, four-under in first round, was five-under with no bogeys in 12 holes in second round to jointly lead the event at nine-under with six more holes to play.

Lam Chih Bing at five-under for 36 holes was one of the only three players to complete two rounds. He was the clubhouse leader with rounds of 71 and 68, but overall he was still four behind David Lipsky who had not even started the second round after completing his first in 63 on Friday morning.

Kapur, playing with David Lipsky, birdied both his remaining holes in the morning at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club.

“That was a nice way to finish and I knew there would be little chance of my getting in more play if there was even a short stoppage during the day,” said Kapur.

With two more stoppages, he had a virtual off-day while Chowrasia and Chiragh, the highest and lowest placed Indians after first round, didn’t get to swing a club even once on Friday.

Daniel Chopra, who had a 68 in first round, also had a complete off-day.

Meanwhile, Himmat Rai struggled to a four-over 76. However, by the time he had played 16 holes in second round, he was in with a chance of making the cut having moved back to even par with two to play. The cut looks likely one-under or even par.

Digvijay Singh (68) and Jyoti Randhawa (69) were unable to add any more birdies as they completed their first round in the morning. But the two had not started the second round and neither had Chiragh. The two busiest Indians were Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar. Lahiri had parred the first hole on Thursday, and Bhullar was one-over after two holes when play stopped. (agencies)