The American was on the course at 07:30 (1830 EDT) to finish 12
holes of his weather-delayed second round, signing for a
one-under-par 71 before returning in the afternoon to shoot
one-under for 16 holes of his third round before dusk fell.
The six-under-total left him tied fifth, three shots behind
overnight leader Song Young-han of South Korea who was level through
13 holes of his third round before play was called off.
Spieth, the headline act of the Asian and Japan Golf Tour's season
opening event, had begun Saturday five adrift of Song but felt the
gap should have been closed further.
"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," the American said after his second round.
He was again short of his major-winning form in the afternoon, with
two birdie fours on the fourth and seventh punctured by a bogey on
the fifth when he smacked the lip of a fairway bunker after finding
sand from the tee.
He did finally find his touch on the large and undulating greens
with a 10-footer nailed for a birdie three at 12 but another short
par putt on 15 lipped out to add to the frustrations.
A makeable birdie putt narrowly slid by on 16 and despite his best
efforts to speed up play and complete his round in time he was
beaten by the fading light.
The 22-year-old Texan has a six foot par putt when he returns to the
17th green at 07:30 a.m. (1830 EDT) on Sunday to finish his round
along with 12 others. The fourth round was brought forward to 08:20
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China's Liang Wenchong managed to squeeze in his third round,
tapping in to complete his second consecutive four-under 67 after
the horn had sounded for the clubhouse lead on eight-under.
"I played 31 holes today and to be honest, I was feeling tired
towards the end of the round," the Chinese said.
Liang was one behind Song, who had a long wait to start his third
round after finishing his second before the storms on Friday.
"It did not help me that much not having played this morning as I
had to wait about a long time for my tee off," said the Korean, who
mixed two birdies with two bogeys for a nine-under overall.
(Editing by Ed Osmond)
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