Els in Control Monday Finish On Tap


European TourSHANGHAI, China -- The final round of the BMW Asian Open was suspended due to darkness on Sunday and the tournament will be completed on Monday.
There was a three-hour, 15-minute weather delay early in the final round and that eventually led to the round being suspended by darkness. Twenty-four players will return to Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club on Monday to complete the final round.
Ernie Els extended his lead to eight strokes as he was 3 under through six holes of his final round to raise his total to 22 under par. Simon Wakefield, who is playing alongside Els, stands at even-par for his round and 14-under par total.
Thomas Bjorn is alone in third place at minus-12, while Jean-Francois Lucquin is one stroke further back at 11 under par, with both players through seven holes. Jeev Milkha Singh and Eddie Lee share fifth place at 10 under par.
Els, who is on his way to his 21st European Tour title, jumped out of the gates by sinking a 20-foot birdie putt at the first, his fourth birdie in four days on that hole.
For the third time in four rounds, the South African came right back with a birdie at the second to move to minus-21.
Els, who won the Qatar Masters and Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year, parred his next two holes, before carding the third birdie of his final round at the par-4 fifth.
The 35-year-old parred the sixth, then dropped his approach within 5 feet of the hole at the seventh before play was halted for the evening.
'I was a little out of sorts, a bit wayward from the tee when we started, but I got it going with the putter and I needed to get off to a strong start and I did that so I am happy with that,' Els said. 'But hopefully I can hit it a little better tomorrow morning.'
Wakefield parred his first three holes before faltering to a bogey at the fourth. The Englishman bounced right back with a birdie on the fifth. He then parred the sixth as light faded.
'I am a little surprised they carried on into Monday,' said Wakefield. 'I will just play my own game as I have done all week. At the end of the day, I am not playing against Ernie or any of the other guys, I am playing against the course and if I am up there, then fine.'
Stuart Little fired a 6-under 66 Sunday to finish the event at 9-under- par 279. He is the leader in the clubhouse by five strokes.
Little was joined at minus-9 by Luke Donald, who has completed eight holes of his final round. Wade Ormsby and Lian-Wei Zhang were at minus-8 when play was halted for the day.
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