Chopra leading rain-hit event in Malaysia

Daniel Chopra is in pole position to claim the Iskandar Johor Open but Padraig Harrington and James Morrison remain firmly in contention after heavy rain in Malaysia saw the tournament reduced to 54 holes.

Chopra leads the way on 13 under par but Harrington and Morrison trail the Swede by two strokes with the trio having played just one hole of their third rounds before play at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club was abandoned for the day.

“The course became unplayable with standing water on a number of the fairways,” said tournament director Jose-Maria Zamora. “We are confident the course will be ready for the resumption of the third and final round on Sunday morning.”

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Chopra is looking forward to what could prove to be a dramatic final day. He said: “That changes the way you think. It will make it more exciting. It is going to be a bit more like a shootout because there are a number of people still in it with a chance.”

Gregory Bourdy was also at 11 under, while five players were tied for fifth on nine under par.