Stenson leads as storms halt play in South Africa


Henrik Stenson fired a 7-under 65 Friday to open up a four-shot lead before play was suspended due to weather at the SA Open Championship in South Africa.

In search of his first win since The Players Championship in 2009, Stenson currently sits at 13-under 131 and leads by four over fellow Swede Magnus Carlsson and first-round leader Merrick Bremner, who still has four holes remaining in his second round after opening with a 64.

'There's still a lot of golf to be played,' Stenson told reporters after his round. 'I've put myself in a nice position going into the weekend, and I'm looking forward to it. I'm eager to win.'

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is among a group tied for eighth at 6 under, seven shots behind Stenson. European Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer is two shots further back at 4 under, while Branden Grace, a four-time winner on the European Tour this year, is at 3 under. All three are among the group of 74 players that still had yet to complete their round at the Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate when play was halted due to storms.

The second round is set to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time on Saturday.