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March 23, 2013

Malaysian 2nd round suspended

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Wu Ashun of China have the clubhouse lead in the Malaysian Open after the second round was suspended because of darkness.

Schwartzel and Wu shot 4-under 68s Friday to finish 9-under overall at the European and Asian Tour event.

Some 75 players, half of the remaining field, were unable to complete the round. Scoreboard leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand was 10 under through nine holes.

Schwartzel and Wu had a three-stroke lead on China’s Liang Wen-chong (68), England’s Lee Slattery (70) and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson (72). They were one shot ahead of a group at 5 under, including Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who had a 67.

The Spaniard had a difficult journey to the tournament. His bag and passport were stolen, so he flew from London to Madrid and back again to get a replacement before the 13-hour flight to Kuala Lumpur.

“I was on a train going from my home in Switzerland to the airport and I had my bag stolen, so all my personal stuff — passport, money, credit cards, computer, camera, iPad — was gone,” Cabrera-Bello said.

On Thursday, thunderstorms caused suspension of the first round with half the field still on the course.

Champions Tour: SAUCIER, Miss. — Hal Sutton has a new left hip and that’s helping him get back to his old swing.

The result is the 54-year-old’s best golf in more than a decade.

Sutton shot a 3-under 69 on Friday in the first round of the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic for a share of the lead with Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman.

“I’ve been trying to correct some bad habits that I had from that bad hip,” Sutton said. “Today was progress.”

The round was peppered with light showers and unpredictable wind gusts that helped keep scores from going too low. Sutton played in the first group of the day and managed to stay out of trouble for most of the morning — moving to 5 under with a birdie on 13 — but had two bogeys on the back nine and needed a 15-foot putt on 18 to save bogey.

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