Scott leads Poulter into Monday finish at Singapore Open

Singapore : Adam Scott held a three-shot lead when the final round of the Singapore Open was halted by rain on Sunday, the Australian now having to wait until Monday to try and become the event`s first three-times winner.

Play was suspended just before noon due to thunderstorms and lightning, and resumed more than five-and-a-half hours later in drizzly rain and fading light at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Organisers decided to send the players back out despite having little more than 90 minutes of daylight left and said play would continue early on Monday to find a winner.

Scott, back-to-back winner in 2005 and 2006, was on 17-under-par after eight holes when darkness descended on the Serapong course and leads defending champion Ian Poulter by three shots.

South Korean Kang Kyung-nam is in third place on 13-under with U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell tied for fourth with Anders Hansen a shot further back.

The $6 million co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour event has regularly fallen victim to bad weather delays, but the storm that disrupted play on Sunday had been unusual, said Chris Jordan, senior vice president of organisers World Sports Group.

"This thing (storm) has sat on top of us and not gone anywhere, so this is very unusual," Jordan told reporters, adding that the outlook for Monday was for cloud and scattered showers.

"It`s looking slighty better than today. I`m not going to say I`m confident -- I`m just hopeful."

The tournament was also hit by a four-hour delay in the opening round on Thursday, which forced 108 players to return early on Friday to finish their first 18 holes before starting their second round.

Bureau Report