McIlroy remains in contention
A solitary birdie was all it took to keep Rory McIlroy out in front at the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
The Northern Irishman, who has responded positively to his Masters collapse last weekend by contending for the title in Malaysia, had completed nine holes of his third round when bad light ended play for the day after heavy rain forced an earlier delay of three hours and 25 minutes.
The single shot he picked up came with a 10-foot putt at the 404-yard par-four ninth and it enabled him to claim a two-shot lead having started the day level with Alexander Noren of Sweden at 11 under par.
Noren's card was far more colourful than McIlroy's as he birdied the first, third and seventh but bogeyed the second and the sixth and ran up a double-bogey at the par-three fourth to stand one over par for the day through eight holes.
He was in a share for second place at 10 under alongside Gregory Bourdy of France, who fired seven birdies against one bogey to be six under for the round through 14 holes, and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero, who was three under through nine.
Play will resume at 7.40am local time on Sunday as organisers try to remain on course for a Sunday finish.
A major threat to McIlroy may yet come from world number one Martin Kaymer. The German followed up two fairly unspectacular opening rounds with six birdies in the 15 holes he played on Saturday, good enough for a share of fifth place alongside Chile's Felipe Aguilar at nine under.
Englishman Simon Dyson, who had been a shot behind McIlroy and Noren at the end of day two, was two over par on Saturday to slip back into a tie for seventh while Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, who was tied for fourth when play was suspended on Friday, was level-par at the halfway stage of his third round to be in a share of ninth.
New Masters champion Charl Schwartzel survived the halfway cut by matching par over the first two rounds and was two under par through 11 holes in his third round.