Bogey-free Bjorn edges ahead in Singapore

Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:47am EST
 
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Thomas Bjorn proved a master of consistency to grab a one-shot lead before darkness descended to halt the Singapore Open third round on Saturday as the weather gods, for once, shone down on the Sentosa Golf Club.

The $6 million tournament has suffered three lengthy suspensions due to heavy thunderstorms but with a rare dry day at the Serapong Course ending without an interruption, the Dane sits at the top of the leaderboard on nine-under after 39 holes.

The Ryder Cup vice-captain has been bogey-free for 27 holes and the 41-year-old attributed his low scoring to pinpoint accuracy with the driver.

"This course doesn't really offer you that many wedges," he told reporters after the completion of his second round.

"Your mid-irons have to be on but driving is also essential on this course. You need to get off the tee well and I've done that for two days, and long may it continue."

Chris Wood is hot on Bjorn's heels in second place after the Briton followed up his second round six-under 65 with another birdie in the three holes the leading group played in the third round to move within a shot of the Dane.

George Coetzee registered a second round eight-under 63, the lowest score of the week, to surge up the leaderboard and the South African remains two behind Bjorn after cancelling out a bogey with a birdie over the early holes of his third round.

Starting on the 10th hole, Coetzee's second round was highlighted by a run of six birdies in eight holes but the 26-year-old lamented a string of missed opportunities that could have put him in a stronger position.   Continued...

 
Thomas Bjorn of Denmark putts on the ninth hole during the rain-delayed second round of the Barclays Singapore Open golf tournament in Sentosa November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Edgar Su