No. 1 Spieth stays in golf contention; PH’s Tabuena, too

SINGAPORE—World number one Jordan Spieth stayed in the hunt for the SMBC Singapore Open title Saturday after narrowing the gap to leader Song Young-Han of South Korea before fading light halted play.

The American had two more holes to complete and trailed Song by three strokes at the Sentosa Golf Club when the horn sounded for the remaining flights to return to the clubhouse.

This handout photo taken and released by Lagardere Sports shows Jordan Spieth of the US playing a shot during round three of the Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. AFP
Three other players are also hot on the heels of the South Korean in the $1.0 million tournament.

China’s Liang Wen-Chong trails by a stroke, and Japan’s Shintaro Kobayashi and South African Keith Horne by two.

Filipino Miguel Tabuena  is at no. 4 in a tie with Hideto Tanihara and Shintaro Kobayashi at nine under, just a stroke behind Spieth.

The last flight that included Song completed only 13 holes, and a total of 15 players will return to the Serapong Course on Sunday morning to resume play before the start of the final round.

Spieth, 22, had a mixed day, playing the remaining 12 holes that were carried over from Friday after play was halted due to inclement weather.

The Texan finished the round with three birdies and two bogeys.

“The bogey did hurt on the last,” said the US Open and Masters champion before heading for the penultimate round.

Spieth is playing without regular caddie Michael Greller, who is recovering from an ankle injury sustained at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii earlier this month.

His agent, Jay Danzi, is standing in as Greller’s replacement.

“I made all my putts inside six feet yesterday but missed five or six today. I’ve just got to get comfortable on the shorter length putts,” said Spieth, who is playing in Singapore for the first time.

“These kinds of delays (due to bad weather) have happened before, in professional and college golf, you have to get used to it. Gotta be prepared to play a lot of golf.”

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