Scott leads in Singapore
Singapore - Australia's Adam Scott took a two-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Singapore Open on Friday while defending champion Ian Poulter made his charge to lie in second spot before play was halted as darkness descended.
US Open champion Graeme McDowell has also set himself nicely up for the weekend, carding a three-under 68 for a total of nine-under par 133 to tie for third with Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed and South Korea's Kang Kyung-nam.
Poulter and Scott shook off any fatigue they had from having to play 30 gruelling holes, needing to complete their first round from Thursday when play was halted because of fading light. Rain had delayed Thursday's first-round action for four hours.
In fact, the two men relished the chances offered by the par-71 Tanjong course at Sentosa Golf Club with Poulter carding the round's lowest score of eight-under 63 for a total 10-under 132.
Starting the second round at two-under, Poulter put on a masterful display as he made eight birdies and saved his best for the final hole with a 100-feet putt.
"It was at least 30-odd places from right at the back of the green to the hole so it was getting close on to 100 feet," said Poulter.
The flamboyant Englishman fancies his chances of lifting the trophy a second time on Sunday but knows he has his work cut out on the tougher Serapong course where the last two rounds will be played.
"I hear it might be a bit windy on Sunday which is good too and so I have put myself up there in the hunt again which is all I could do," said the 34-year-old.
"It is definitely the harder of the two courses but I like that."
Scott, who was at the Tanjong course having played the Serapong in the first round, was pleased with his 65 to give him a total 12-under par 130 despite making two bogeys in the back nine.
"It was a shame to slow down a bit on the back nine but that's golf I suppose," said the 30-year-old Australian, twice a winner here, in 2005-2006.
This year's event is being played on two courses, the Tanjong and the Serapong, in the first two rounds. The last two rounds will be played on the par-71 Serapong.
The $6 million event is joint-sanctioned by the European Tour and Asian Tour with a first prize winner's cheque of $1 million.
Complete second round scores from the $6 million Barclays Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club on Friday. Several players were unable to finish their round because of fading light.
130 - Adam Scott (AUS) 65-65
132 - Ian Poulter (ENG) 69-63
133 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) 65-68, Fredrik Andersson Hed (SWE) 68-65, Kang Kyung-nam (KOR) 66-67
134 - Rikard Karlberg (SWE) 64-70, Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 69-65, Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 70-64, Liang Wenchong (CHN) 69-65
135 - John Huh (KOR) 70-65, Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 70-65, Jamie Donaldson (WAL) 66-69, Kim Bi-o (KOR) 63-72
136 - Markus Brier (AUT) 65-71, Hiroshi Iwata (JPN) 66-70, Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 66-70, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 67-69, Martin Kaymer (GER) 68-68, Chris Wood (ENG) 63-73, Chan Yih-Shin (TPE) 68-68, Tony Carolan (AUS) 66-70, Michael Hoey (NIR) 69-67, Phil Mickelson (USA) 67-69
137 - Rahil Gangjee (IND) 70-67, Jason Knutzon (USA) 69-68, Anders Hansen (DEN) 71-66, Nick Doherty (ENG) 65-72, Scott Hend (AUS) 64-73, Scott Strange (AUS) 65-72, Johan Edfors (SWE) 66-71, Keith Horne (RSA) 65-72, Steve Webster (ENG) 72-65, Mars Pucay (PHI) 72-65, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 67-70, Gareth Maybin (NIR) 65-72
138 - Daniel Vancsik (ARG) 72-66, Digvijay Singh (IND) 69-69, David Drysdale (SCO) 68-70, Christian Nilsson (SWE) 73-65, Colin Montgomerie (SCO) 70-68, Peter Lawrie (IRL) 67-71, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 69-69, Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 70-68 , Lin Wen-tang (TPE) 70-68, Antonio Lascuna (PHI) 70-68, Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 68-70, Mardan Mamat (SIN) 68-70, Matteo Manassero (ITA) 67-71