Thomas Bjorn Leads Weather Shortened Barclays

Thomas Bjorn

Debby Wong-US Presswire

Thomas Bjorn, who is win less in 2012 on the European Golf Tour, leads the weather delayed  Barclays Singapore Open. Play was suspended at the Sentosa Golf Course due to lightning, with first round play resuming at 7:30 Friday morning. The 41 year old Dane finished his round, and posted a five under par 66.

Bjorn had four birdies on the front nine, with only one bogey at the 480 yard par 4 fourth hole. He would be bogey free on the back nine, with two birdies.

The 19 year pro has 13 career wins on the European Tour, but none in 2012. He is 32nd in the Race To Dubai points standings, and 45th in the World Golf Rankings. His best finish this year was a second place finish at ISPS Handa Wales Open in June, and finished tied for 21st place last week in the WGC-HSBC Championship at 15 under par. He had three wins last year, with the last coming at the Omega European Masters.

With most of the worlds top players not finishing the first round, Simon Khan from Epping, England finished tied for second place at four under par, with Cinnarat  Phadungsil from  Thailand, and Pablo Martin from Spain. Paul Casey finished third.

World number one, Rory McIlroy was at even par with eight holes complete before the horn blew. He bogeyed his first and last hole, with two birdies at four and five. He will resume his round on Friday.

American Phil Mickelson finished his first round, and carded a one over par 73, with a double bogey at the  par three 14th hole. He followed the double bogeying the next two holes. With only two birdies on the day, Phil had a very workman round.

Eduardo Molinari Aced the 185 yard par three 17th hole. There was a new BMW on display, but unfortunately it was an advertisement, and not a Hole In One prize. He indicated that he had seen the notice on the score card, and didn’t make a fool of himself by thinking he had won it. Molinari double bogeyed the third hole, and was able to finish his round at one under par.

After finishing only six holes, American John Daly had only one par to go with two birdies and three bogeys, and is tied for 61st place at one over par.

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