England’s Justin Rose overcame stormy conditions to retain his clubhouse lead at the Indonesian Masters yesterday before torrential rain and lightning forced play to be abandoned.
Tough weather plagued the season-ending Asian Tour event for a second consecutive day, disrupting play several times throughout until it was called off at 4:10pm local time (0910 GMT).
Following a curtailed day Friday, Rose had to complete his second round at Royale Jakarta Golf Club early in the morning before commencing his third.
The world number six was in fine form, firing two birdies in his opening three holes of round three before extending his advantage with another birdie on five.
The Englishman was on an aggregate score of 16-under-par through eight holes when play was suspended.
Tied for second were Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, who both trail Rose by three shots.
Two-time Asian Tour winner Aphibarnrat, who excelled on day two of the tournament, was suffering with a lingering back injury through his eight completed holes. Unlike most of
the field, he welcomed the rain delay.
“This suspension can be good and bad for me. It will depend how I feel tomorrow,” he said.
“There are 10 more holes to catch Rose. I really need to bring out my A-Game because I don’t know how the weather will be like. In my mind, I’m going to play like it is 54 holes.
“I know I need to finish inside the top-five this week to move inside the top-50 in the world but a top-three result is my goal. That will make sure I’m 100% in. I’m very comfortable with my swing but I’m worried about my back. I want to play without thinking that an injury will stop me.
“ I will do a lot of stretching in my room and try to keep my back safe and go out with a really low score tomorrow.
Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent said: “I have been playing really nicely and I just want to keep this momentum going. It’s really cool to play with Kiradech and Justin and I am learning so much already. “So, I am just trying to be in the moment and try and win a golf tournament.”
“I can be a little bit more aggressive but the game still doesn’t change. You got to hit good quality shots. I am glad this delay came because I have not been hitting it very good today and I need to go back and regroup and get some rest so I can charge tomorrow.
“I love having my wife (Kelsey) caddy for me, it has been a lot of fun she’s learning and I’m learning and it has been a cool partnership so hopefully we can end on the right note.
Play will resume at 6.15am tomorrow, before the fourth round is scheduled to commence at 7.30am with players teeing off in the same groups.
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