There was no storm or rain, but the Malaysia Open suffered another twist to the script when play was stopped due to lightning before the second round could be completed at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club yesterday.
A whopping 26 flights were left hanging and they will resume today (at 7.40am) before the business end starts for those who have made the cut.
Leader Andrew Dodt of Australia was one of the lucky golfers who managed to end his round with a four-under 68 for a 13-under 131 total.
China’s Liu Yanwei was second on 12-under following a seven-under 65 in the second round.
Malaysia’s Ben Leong and Danny Chia both shot two-under 70 for a two-day total of four-under 140.
“It’s hard to back up a 63 but I did it with a 68 today (Round Two).
“I hit a lot of greens but didn’t hole as many putts as I did in Round One. But all in all, it’s a solid day’s work,” said Dodt yesterday.
The Australian completed the day in style by acing a 10-footer down the hill on the last hole.
“To see that going in was nice. But I haven’t really hit into any tricky spots so far this week and it’s nice to stay bogey-free and play some solid golf.
“I don’t think I played cautiously (yesterday). I just didn’t hit it as close to the pin even though the pin positions were pretty difficult.”
What are his plans for the remaining two days?
“I’m just going to have fun, keep things simple and stay relaxed which is what I have done. Nothing’s going to change,” Dodt added.
Yanwei had it harder as he had to finish the first round in the morning before completing the second round before play was suspended at around 4pm.
“I had to finish the first round in the morning, so it was good to just keep going. I have been playing really well lately and this is probably the best I have been hitting my irons,” said Yanwei, who made nine birdies.
Danny fired some bad shots, but was glad to complete his round.
“I will be hunting for the pins after this. I played a little conservatively in earlier rounds, and hit the water and everything else but it ended up well with a four-under,” said Danny.
In the last downhill hole, he missed a birdie when the ball stopped six inches short.
“Actually, I had a few short putts in the two rounds but no complaints.”
The projected cut is one-under.