Jakarta: Lee Westwood’s charge in the third round of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters came to a halt as play was abandoned due to adverse weather on Saturday.
The world number three birdied the first and fourth holes to move to 13-under before play was suspended due to lightning threats at 1.08pm. Play was subsequently called off for the day at 5pm as weather conditions did not improve at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Title holder Westwood, who finished third at the Masters tournament two weeks ago, will be among 69 players who will return at 6.45am Sunday to complete their rounds. The fourth and final round will start at 9.30am.
“The suspension stopped a bit of momentum going but if it is dangerous weather out there then it is the safest thing to do. It is disappointing for everybody – the players, sponsors and the spectators but this is the nature of the weather in this part of the world.
“I’m in a good position and I’ll come out tomorrow and try to keep the form up,” said the Englishman, ranked third in the world.
Zaw Moe of Myanmar was Westwood’s closest challenger as he lies on nine-under through four holes at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
“You have to be mentally strong especially in this sort of weather delays. I made four straight pars so I’ll need to get some momentum going when I return tomorrow (Sunday),” said Moe, who last won on the Asian Tour in 1997.
Lee Sung of Korea played through five holes and was seven-under with Shiv Kapur of India and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, who both completed four holes before play was stopped.
By Indian Sports News Network