Storm halts Oosthuizen run for lead

Storm halts Oosthuizen run for lead

KUALA LUMPUR - Agence France-Presse
Storm halts Oosthuizen run for lead

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa hits a shot on the 8th hole during the final round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. AFP Photo

A tropical downpour halted US Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen in his tracks April 13 as he charged towards the Maybank Malaysian Open second round lead.

Oosthuizen, continuing his rehabilitation from Sunday’s cruel play-off loss to Bubba Watson, was one shot off the clubhouse lead through 12 holes when the threat of lightning suspended play just after 4:00 p.m.
After players and spectators scurried from the course, torrential rain drenched the par-72 Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, forcing organisers to call it off for the day.

The second round will resume at 7:45 a.m. on April 14 with 75 of the 155-man field yet to reach 36 holes. But he looked in determined mood as he braved oven-like temperatures to lurk behind joint provisional leaders and fellow South Africans Hennie Otto and Jbe Kruger.

This is the second Malaysian event affected by rain recently after last month’s Malaysian Grand Prix.