Rose holds slender lead at #IMGOLF17

Jakarta, December 16: England’s Justin Rose returned with a bogey on his closing 18th hole to head into the third round with a one-shot lead over Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat after play resumed at 6.15am at the Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom Indonesia on Saturday.

The second round of the season-ending Asian Tour event was suspended twice where the sirens were first blown at 3.19pm local time due to lightning threats yesterday. Officials later decided to call off play at 5.40pm due to fading light at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

Rose was 14-under through 16 holes before play was abandoned on Friday. He parred 17 but saw his advantage reduced to one when he signed for a three-under-par 69 which included five birdies and two bogeys.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand

Kiradech, who came into the week on the back of an Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory at the Thongchai Jaideee Foundation last week, continued to ride on his red-hot form.

The two-time Asian Tour winner demonstrated his resolve to end the year with another victory by signing for a 64 to take the clubhouse lead in the morning.

Compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai also showed why he is one of the leading contenders for the Indonesian Masters by returning with a two-day total of 10-under-par 134 to keep in touch with the leaders.

India’s S. Chikkarangappa is pleased to see his return to form, judging from his results over the last two days where he posted rounds of 68 and 67.

Malaysia’s Gavin Green, newly crowned Asian Tour Order of Merit Champion, made his early exit after missing the cut by two shots.

The weekend cut was set at one-under-par.