Jimenez in front at stormy Malaysian Open
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- European Ryder Cup player Miguel Angel Jimenez was 8-under with a hole to play when darkness forced the suspension of play Thursday in the first round of the Malaysian Open.
Sixty-three players were unable to complete the round, delayed for nearly three hours by a lightning storm.
Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant, the Asian Tour money leader last season, was the clubhouse leader at 7-under 65. Ireland's Gary Murphy, Italy's Francesco Molinari, England's Richard Finch and Wales' Garry Houston shot 66s.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington, making his first start of the season, opened with a 69. Two-time defending champion Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand was 2 under through 17.
The tournament is sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press