Schwartzel survives cut

2011-04-16 10:51

Kuala Lumpur - Newly crowned Masters champion Charl Schwartzel narrowly made the cut on Saturday to join joint leaders Rory McIlroy and Alexander Noren in the third round of the Malaysian Open.

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Defending champion Noh Seung-yul of South Korea was not as lucky when the second round of the rain-disrupted tournament was completed on Saturday. Officials were considering extending the tournament by an extra day because of bad weather.

Schwartzel and Noh were among 77 players who were unable to complete their second round on Friday after rain and lightning halted play for nearly three hours.

With the cut set at level par 144, Schwartzel survived after shooting a second-round 71. Noh finished at 1-over 145.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy shrugged off his recent final-round collapse at the Masters, sinking eight birdies on Friday to lead the tournament with Noren of Sweden at 11-under 133.

The pair are a stroke ahead of England's Simon Dyson. Stephen Gallacher of Scotland, 17-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero and Australia's Brett Rumford are tied for third at 137.

World No 1 Martin Kaymer of Germany is at three-under 141.

Officials from the Asian and European Tours - who co-sanction the tournament - are expected to decide on Sunday whether to extend the Malaysian Open to Monday for the first time ever. In 2006, the tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club was shortened to 54 holes due to heavy rain.