Jimenez in front at stormy Malaysian Open

Updated: February 16, 2006, 7:11 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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