Friday, November 14, 2008

SINGAPORE (AP) — Ernie Els of South Africa and England's Simon Dyson shared a two-stroke lead after two rounds at the Singapore Open on Friday when play was delayed for a second day because of rain.

Dyson, 30, shot a 4-under 67 in the second round to tie Els at 6 under. Els, who lost this tournament in a playoff in 2006 before missing the cut last year, followed a 4-under 67 in the first round with a 1-under 70 in the second.

Singapore's Lam Chih Bing, bidding to become the first local player ever to win the $5 million tournament, finished 4-under after five holes when play was halted because of darkness with about half the field unable to finish their second rounds. Thailand's Chapchai Nirat and Rory McIlroy of Nothern Ireland were also 4-under.

``Today I played some of my best golf,'' Dyson said. ``At some of the other courses, I could have been 10 or 12 under. It's such a tough course, you have to read it very well.''

American Phil Mickelson, who lost his world No. 2 ranking to Spain's Sergio Garcia last week, shot a 2-over 73 Thursday and was even through seven holes Friday.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington, winner of two majors in 2008, had a 1-over 72 on Thursday and was even through six holes Friday, while two-time winner Adam Scott of Australia struggled with a five-over 76 on Thursday and was even through six holes Friday.

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