Karmis holds on to lead at Singapore Classic

Peter Karmis produced another sublime, nine-under-par 63 to take the clubhouse lead after the 2nd round of the Handa Singapore Classic was suspended on Friday.

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Published: Fri 10 Sep 2010, 8:44 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:18 AM

Karmis, who earned his Asian Tour card at Qualifying School in Thailand this year, fired nine birdies for a two-day total of 18-under-par 126 to open up a six-stroke lead at the Orchid Country Club.

A lighting storm in the early morning forced a two-hour-long suspension, which means 19 players will return to complete their second round at 7.30am local time on Saturday.

India’s rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar (65), Australian Kim Felton (67), Jbe Kruger (66) of South Africa and Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei (67) finished their round on a 132 total at the 400,000-dollar Asian Tour event.

S.S.P Chowrasia of India closed with a 65 for a 133 total while Singaporean Mardan Mamat was a stroke back on 134 following his round of 69.

Karmis, who has won two titles in South Africa, put his irons to good use as he sank his birdies from 10 to 15 feet out.

“There’s no secret to my round. I’m just playing well and have been hitting it very well. The more wedges I have the better, so this course suits my game well,” said Karmis, who found 16 greens in regulation on Friday.

Playing on a sponsor’s invite after a four-month break from golf, Felton, 35, posted four birdies and one eagle against one bogey to ignite his title charge.

Bhullar, who played from the back nine, made the turn in 33 before carding an eagle when his six iron shot landed 15 feet from the hole.

Chinese Taipei’s Chan, winner of the King’s Cup in Thailand last year, was happy to complete his

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