Jordan Spieth could win the Singapore Open 2016 with a single shot on Monday after the tournament was delayed on Sunday due to inclement weather conditions, with the world No. 1 sitting two shots behind leader Younghan Song.
The American boasted a score of four under par on Day 4 and was poised to putt for birdie on the 18th before play was brought to a sudden halt because of a lightning warning. Meanwhile, Song was putting for par on the 16th hole.
The tournament is rescheduled to resume at Sentosa Golf Club at 7:30 a.m. local time on Monday (6:30 p.m. ET Sunday), according to the official Asian Tour Twitter account:
Asian Tour @asiantourgolf
@SingOpenGolf heads for Monday finish with Rd 4 resuming at 7.30am https://t.co/WZsLvAeWBf2016-1-31 09:58:38
Here's how Spieth's card looked before the Singapore Open delay, where all his tournament title hopes could come down to one, decisive shot:
|Jordan Spieth: Singapore Open 2016 Card|
|GolfChannel.com (*thru 17)|
Spieth came into the final day of the competition trailing Song by five shots, having sewn up back-to-back scores of 70 on Day 2 and Day 3 of the tournament after a thunderous 67 in the opening round.
Those setbacks didn't appear to unsettle him for the closing round of the Singapore Open, though, as he recorded three birdies on the front nine to push him right back into contention.
The standout fault in Spieth's Sunday performance was his putting, and his attempt on the fifth green trickled just left in what was a significant setback, albeit his only bogey of the entire round.
Fine fairway play put him in good stead, however, and the Golf Channel provided footage of his seven-foot sink on the 11th that brought him to within two shots of Song at the time:
Golf Channel @GolfChannel
Spieth is clutch. Here's the birdie at No. 11 that got him to within 2 at the #SingaporeOpen https://t.co/TM6hnDC8uj2016-1-31 05:36:25
Had the American's short-range putting been at its best, Spieth might have pulled closer, or even assumed the lead earlier on, but he was forced to wait until the 15th for his next birdie.
Golf writer Ryan Andrade highlighted this as the one area in which Song was proving to be the deserving leader, even though his fourth round was dotted with more pars and fewer birdies than his rebounding opponent:
Ryan Andrade @Ku_Bball_Fan
Also, a quick thought about tourney. Song has made so many more putts inside of 10 ft than Spieth. Difference in score RN #SingaporeOpen2016-1-31 08:08:04
The weather suspension could hardly have come at a more frustrating time for Spieth, who was readying to putt for birdie on the final hole with Song still to finish the 16th.
Should Spieth birdie and move to 11 under, it means he could tie, or even move into a late lead depending on Song's performance over the final three holes.
After annihilating the field in January's Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Spieth's impressive start to 2016 continued at Singapore, where his trophy ambitions sit on a knife edge.
Golf's young sensation is showing all the form to suggest he's capable of continuing to blaze a trail through the sport's elite in 2016, but any hopes for triumph on Monday rest largely in the hands of leader Song.