World number one Jordan Spieth of the United States is ready to deny Korea’s Younghan Song’s hopes of winning his first professional Tour title at the SMBC Singapore Open which will now conclude on Monday due to inclement weather.
Spieth was at 10-under and ready to putt for birdie on the closing 18 while Song faced a tricky par putt from 10 feet on 16 before Mother Nature once again forced them together with 10 other players off the Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club at 2.46pm (local time).
With thunderstorms showing no signs of abating, play was eventually called off at 6pm with round four scheduled to resume at 7.30am on Monday morning.
Spieth is hopeful of draining his testing birdie putt from five feet and apply the pressure on Song, who at 12-under, would then have to save par on 16 and hold on to his slender one-shot advantage for his remaining two holes.
“My game really started to come together on the back nine. I was putting some pressure on the leader. Assuming I make that putt on 18 that is going to put some pressure on him.
“It (Monday finish) is what it is. I will be back early tomorrow to try and finish this off,” said Spieth.
Song is also bracing for a titanic finish and hopes the course conditions will play to his advantage as he seeks his maiden breakthrough.
“I am really tired, it has been a long wait. Coming back tomorrow is okay for me as the course should be in a better condition (less wet).
“Tomorrow I will just play shot by shot and hope I can get the win. I have had a lot of second place finishes and it is time for a victory,” said Song.
China’s Liang Wen-chong meanwhile carded a two-under-par 68 to complete his round just before the sirens went off again.
Liang, 2007 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, would be following Monday’s developments closely as his four-day total of 10-under-par 274 could still give him an outside chance of a play-off at the US$1 million event which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
“I three-putted on 12 and that was a very costly bogey. But I also missed several makeable birdie opportunities and I’m regretting it now.
“But overall, a 10-under score is still very respectable especially on this golf course,” said the Chinese.