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Chapchai leading way in Singapore gloom

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  • Chapchai Nirat of Thailand tops leaderboard after Singapore Open third round
  • Chapchai was two strokes clear when darkness curtailed play on Saturday
  • Only 27 of the 72 players who made the cut are able to complete their rounds
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(CNN) -- Chapchai Nirat of Thailand chipped in for an eagle to move to the top of the leaderboard at the Barclays Singapore Open before darkness brought third round play to an early end on Saturday.

Chapchai chipped in for an eagle to lead the weather-affected Singapore Open on Saturday.

The 25-year-old from Bangkok began the third round on four-under, two strokes adrift of co-leaders Simon Dyson and Ernie Els.

He made birdies on the third and fourth but was still a shot adrift of Dyson and Singapore's Lam Chih Bing after nine holes at Sentosa Golf Club's Serapong course.

But the Thai nailed a 10-foot birdie at the 10th to make it a three-way tie for the lead before jumping two shots in front with his eagle on the 11th when he chipped in with a pitching wedge from 118 yards. Chapchai went on to par the 12th when play was halted, leaving him on five-under for the day and nine-under overall.

Dyson, Lam and Thomas Bjorn were tied for second on seven-under at the time of the stoppage. Dyson was six-under at the start of play and picked up a shot with a birdie on the fourth while parring all the other 11 holes he completed.

Lam was tied with Chapchai on four-under at the start of the round and made birdies on the second and fourth before holing his third of the day with a four-footer on the ninth.

Bjorn started on three-under and dropped a shot on the fourth before making birdies at five of his next nine holes to move to seven-under after 12.

World number five Padraig Harrington holds the clubhouse lead after shooting a 66 in the third round to improve to five-under.

He was joined on that score by world number three Phil Mickelson (four-under through 14), Ernie Els (one-over through 11), Rory McIlroy (one-under through 11) and Jeev Milkha Singh (four-under through 14).

Although there were no stoppages on Saturday, long weather delays on the first two days meant that third round play only began in the afternoon with just 27 of the 72 players who made the cut able to complete their rounds.

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