Chopra takes charge

12/15/2012 11:16:40 AM
Daniel Chopra   (Getty Images)
Daniel Chopra (Getty Images)
Sweden’s Daniel Chopra posted a six under par 66 to take the second round lead at the weather-interrupted Iskandar Johor Open.

Three-time Asian Tour winner Chapchai Nirat of Thailand signed for a 67 to pile the pressure on Chopra, while Filipino Antonio Lascuna is tied for third with India’s S S P Chowrasia, Australia’s Unho Park and American David Lipsky.

The bad weather has forced organisers to reduce the event to 54 holes, with the third and final round due to commence at 7.30am on Sunday.

Chopra, who won his first professional title at the 1993 Johor Open and was pipped to the title by Joost Luiten of the Netherlands last year, was delighted to take pole position with his two-day total of ten under par at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club.

Chopra did not start his second round on Friday but the two-time US PGA Tour winner quickly made up for lost time by marking his flawless card with six birdies when he returned in the morning.

He was especially delighted that he managed to complete his round right at the dot when the sirens blew for a play suspension at 1.45pm that lasted nearly three hours.

“I’m very lucky to be able to putt out on the last,” he said. “I’ll get another afternoon off and watch it rain. It was almost similar on the first day where we were the last group to finish. I was on the good side of the draw this time but I’ve been on the bad side before. It all evens out but it is definitely an advantage.”

Australia’s Marcus Fraser remained on course to become the first Australian to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit after he returned with a 68 to lead Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant by two shots.

Fraser needs to finish ahead of Thaworn and earn more than $25,000 more than the Thai.