Play was halted in mid afternoon as a result of a thunderstorm typical to the region and it would be close to two hours before it recommenced around 5.45pm and continued until darkness fell.
Englishman Chris Paisley fired a bogey-free round of 7 under 65 in the morning to lead by one over his fellow countryman David Horsey and Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera who is at 6 under with two holes to play.
The in-form Paisley won the South African Open in January and followed up on that victory by finishing tied fifth and fifth in Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively. He returned with seven birdies thanks to his sharp-shooting game where he hit 17 out of 18 greens in regulation.
The leader Chris Paisley.
New Zealander Ryan Fox, who was out in the first group of the day, heads the Australasian challenge after his round of 68 but it was Victorian Todd Sinnott who stole the limelight with a hole-in-one with a 7-iron at the 13th hole of his round, overcoming a double bogey at his 10th. Unfortunately for Sinnott there was no prize on offer.
"It was playing 191 meters and it was playing uphill so you can’t see the green," said Sinnott. "I just hit a seven iron draw and I asked my caddy for the putter and he said I probably won’t need it and I laughed.
"We walked up and Daisuke Kataoka was ahead of us and when he reached the green he said it was not in but he was joking so that was it. I’ve had two hole-in-ones as an amateur so this is my first professional hole-in-one.
"When I got up to the green and knew I had the ace, I looked back at the tee to see if I won a car or something but nothing unfortunately!"
Sinnott is tied with Sam Brazel as the leading Australian at 2 under 70 and shares 51st place on a day of low scoring when 94 players broke par.
Andrew Dodt and Jason Scrivener are tied at 1 under par and have both completed their rounds.
Marcus Fraser, Terry Pilkadaris and Jason Norris are at even par, Jake Higgionbottom is at 3 over and Wade Ormsby 6 over.
JARROD LYLE ON SEN: JANUARY 30
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