Stenson Leads Suspended Asian Open

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European TourSHANGHAI, China -- Sweden's Henrik Stenson is even par through 17 holes of the suspended second round of the BMW Asian Open. He is at 5 under par and is still on top of the leaderboard Friday at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club.
 
Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, posted his second consecutive round of 2-under 70 on Friday. He is the leader in the clubhouse at 4-under-par 140.
 
The second round was suspended due to lightning in the area at 4:45 a.m. (ET) and play was called for the day a little more than an hour later. Play will resume at 8:00 p.m. Friday night with the cut immediately following the completion of play.
 
Friday's action featured blustery conditions that left most over par for the round.
 
Jose-Filipe Lima (70), Peter Lawrie (72), Frankie Minoza (72) and Danny Chia (70) are knotted in third place at 3-under-par 141.
 
Stenson, the top-ranked player in the field at No. 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings, did not get off to a great start on Friday. He bogeyed the par-5 second, a hole he birdied in the first round.
 
He atoned for the error with a birdie at the par-4 sixth. Stenson closed his front nine with a bogey at eight, another hole he birdied on Thursday, and a birdie at No. 9 to head to the back nine at even-par 36 for his second round.
 
The back nine did not start well for Stenson. He bogeyed No. 10, but got back to even par on his round with his second birdie in as many rounds at the par-5 13th.
 
Stenson has the par-5 18th hole to finish and is looking at a birdie putt.
 
Lawrie was in the one of the morning groups and completed his second round early on Friday. He began on the second nine and went birdie-bogey at 13 and 14. The major winner birdied the par-5 closing hole to make the turn at 1 under par.
 
Lawrie bogeyed the fifth, but closed with birdies at seven and nine to get within one of Stenson's lead.
 
'It was tough for us out there today,' admitted Lawrie, who defeated Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde for the claret jug in 1999. 'You have to hit good shots to get it close to the pin. But this is the way golf should be played. It's proper golf as opposed to the greens being soft and wet. It's hard to get the ball close here, but that's the purest form of golf I suppose.'
 
Charlie Wi, who won this year's Malaysian Open, only managed a 1-over 73, but is tied for seventh place. Garry Houston (71), Miles Tunnicliff (70), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (71) and Jarrod Lyle (71) are in the clubhouse with Wi at 2-under-par 142. Jarrod Lyle is 2 under par for the championship on the back nine of his second round.
 
The two players who were in second place after the opening round struggled badly in round two. Stephen Gallacher is 4 over par in the middle of his second round and fell to even par for the championship.
 
Van de Velde is in worse shape. He posted a 6-over-par 78 and is part of a group tied for 46th place at plus-2.
 
Colin Montgomerie, the second-highest-ranked player in the field, got off to a great start on Friday. He birdied his first hole to reach 4 under par, but recorded four bogeys and a birdie over his next 16 holes. Montgomerie still has to finish 18 and is 1 under par for the tournament.
 
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