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Jimenez in front at stormy Malaysian Open

2/16/2006 - Golf

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.