Thomas Bjorn leads in clubhouse after early end to round one of Singapore Open
Thunderstorms meant an early finish to the first round of the Singapore Open with Thomas Bjorn leading in the clubhouse.
Last Updated: 10/11/12 7:21am
The Dane posted a five-under-par 66 to lead the way by a single stroke, while afternoon starter Rory McIlroy managed only eight holes before being forced off by the rainy conditions.
It means the Northern Irishman, who headed in at level-par, faces the prospect of 28 holes on Friday, although it is nothing new for the event - last year it was cut to three rounds and the play-off continued into Monday.
Bjorn, who mixed six birdies and just a single bogey, finished the day one stroke clear of England's Simon Khan, Spaniard Pablo Martin and Thai golfer Chinnarat Phadungsil.
Back-to-form Paul Casey and 2009 USPGA champion YE Yang were part of a four-man group only two back, while Englishmen David Howell and Simon Dyson are amongst those three shots adrift.
Mickelson, Harrington struggle
Although brief, McIlroy's efforts took the 23-year-old closer to securing the European Tour money-list title as playing partner Louis Oosthuizen, needing a win to keep alive his hopes, ran up a double-bogey seven on the 587-yard seventh to stand two-over-par.
That put the South African alongside American Phil Mickelson, in with a morning 73, while three-time winner Adam Scott had to be content with a level-par 71 and Ireland's Padraig Harrington could do no better than 74 in the hot and humid conditions.
That included a drive into the lake en route to a seven at the long fourth, a closing bogey and not a single birdie.
Meanwhile, shot of the day came from Edoardo Molinari who made a hole-in-one at the 188-yard 17th hole - his first as a professional.
It was the undoubted highlight of a mixed round from the Italian who, after bogeying his first three holes, fought back to eventually post a one-under 70.
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