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Aphibarnrat owns lead at Malaysian Open

March 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 22 (UPI) -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat birdied his final hole Friday and held the lead at the European Tour's rain-delayed Maybank Malaysian Open.

Aphibarnrat was 3-under, including a birdie at the par-4 ninth, through nine holes of his second round when play was suspended because of darkness. He's 10-under for 27 holes.

Rain Thursday and Friday backed up play and some golfers are yet to begin their second rounds. Play is to resume at 7:45 a.m. Saturday in Kuala Lumpur.

Charl Schwartzel and Wu Ashun each completed the second round in 4-under-par 68 and are tied for second at 9-under 135. Edoardo Molinari, 2-under through five second-round holes, is at 8-under for the tournament and is in fourth place.

Schwartzel was 4-under through 11 holes Thursday when play was stopped and he had to complete that round Friday before beginning his second round. He was 6-under through 14 holes in the second round but suffered back-to-back bogeys and fell back.

Wu had a final-hole birdie in his second round in pulling even with Schwartzel.

Aphibarnrat posted back-to-back birdies at Nos. 3 and 4 before his ninth-hole birdie pushed him clear of Schwartzel and Wu.

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