South Africans Otto, Kruger share lead in Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Hennie Otto and Jbe Kruger reached 9 under Friday to share the clubhouse lead at the Malaysian Open before the second round was suspended two hours early because of a threat of thunderstorms.

The pair continued the strong play of South Africans established by Charl Schwartzel with a 64 and Louis Oosthuizen 66 in the first round.

Former Masters champion Schwartzel had five bogeys and one birdie on Friday to drop to 5 under through 12 holes before the players were taken off the West Course at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Two birdies from Oosthuizen in the same 12 holes allowed him to reach 8 under and he was one shot off the lead.