Jan 18 (Reuters) - England’s Paul Casey fired a four-under-par 67 in the second round of the weather-hit Singapore Open on Friday to grab a share of the lead alongside Thai Poom Saksansin.
Casey, who scored an opening-round 68, made a blistering start with four birdies in the morning session but was left frustrated by a dropped shot on his final hole that prevented him from taking the outright lead.
“It was good, I mean, I managed to get the last one out of the way - that was disappointing - but the rest was really nice,” said the 41-year-old.
“We’ve got a great looking leaderboard, with some favourite names right up there. Poom, my nemesis – I lost to him in the EuroAsia Cup, and he’s just played a marvellous round of golf again, I can’t seem to beat the guy, but I’m in good spirits.”
After poor weather halted his opening round on Thursday, Saksansin returned early at the Sentosa Golf Club to roll in four birdies in his final five holes to sign for a 65.
Riding high on the momentum, the 25-year-old traded two birdies against one bogey for a 70 to join Casey at seven-under overall.
“Although I only shot one-under, I think it was a very nice round. The wind was picking up and my iron play wasn’t that good,” Poom said.
A further downpour delayed play on Friday morning for about two hours, which meant 76 players could not complete their second rounds.
The Japanese duo of Taihei Sato and Shotaro Wada sit one stroke off the leaders in third spot alongside compatriot Yoshinori Fujimoto, who had only completed seven holes when play was abandoned due to fading light.
England’s Matt Fitzpatrick was in the group on five-under alongside Davis Love III after birdieing two of his opening nine holes on Friday, while defending champion Sergio Garcia is four strokes back with 10 holes still to play.
Play resumes at 0730 local time on Saturday, with the third round not slated to start until noon. (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru Editing by Toby Davis)