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McDowell fourth as thunder strikes

Graeme McDowell was in a tie for fourth on 12 under par through nine holes of his final round at the Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club, but a weather disruption of five and a half hours means the European Tour event will not be decided until Monday morning.

A birdie at the sixth helped the Northern Irishman recover from two disappointing bogeys in three holes that had followed a two at the par-three second. McDowell is currently level with Dane Anders Hansen, who was one-under for his round after eight holes.

Australia's Adam Scott has established a three-stroke lead with ten holes remaining.

Scott entered the final day with a one-stroke advantage over Ian Poulter and Kang Kyun-nam on 14 under par but there was nothing to separate the trio after three holes before thunderstorms caused a lengthy delay.

Scott, though, picked up three birdies after the resumption to reach 17-under and move three clear of defending champion Poulter, while Kang had dropped to third on 13-under with the trophy now seemingly the Australian's to lose over the remaining 10 holes.

A final-round shootout was in store over the Serapong layout and Poulter and Kang drew level with Scott when both players birdied the third before the rain came.

Poulter then almost holed his first shot after the break - his third into the par-five fourth - and both he and Scott picked up shots to move clear of Kang on 15-under with the Korean only managing a par.

Worse was to follow for Kang as he bogeyed the next to fall off the pace. A birdie for Scott saw the 30-year-old regain the outright lead and when Poulter dropped a shot at the seventh, the Australian ruthlessly exploited the slip by knocking his tee shot at the par-three eighth to around three feet and establish a three-shot cushion when play was called off for the day due to darkness.


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