Harrington two back; Johor Open reduced to 54 holes


JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia – Heavy rain washed out play and forced organizers to reduce the Iskandar Johor Open to 54 holes on Saturday, with Sweden’s Daniel Chopra holding a two-shot lead going into the final day.

Chopra only had time to play one hole of his third round before the downpour forced play to be canceled for the day, with the two-time PGA Tour winner on 13 under.

None of the 72 players were able to finish their round, which will be completed on Sunday.

Defending champion Padraig HarringtonJames Morrison Gregory Bourdy were two shots back after also playing just one hole on Saturday at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club in Malaysia’s southern Johor state.

“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 to have a good round. It will be fun,” said Chopra, who won his first professional title at the 1993 Johor Open. “I hit a couple of good shots starting off the round and then the rain came. It kills a bit of momentum but we can’t control the weather. I was mentally prepared for the weather delays.”