Michael Hoey remains in the hunt going into the final day at the Indian Open

Michael Hoey is two shots off the lead in New Delhi
Michael Hoey is two shots off the lead in New Delhi

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey has moved to within two shots of the lead at the weather-delayed Indian Open.

Hoey had picked up two shots after 12 holes of his third round to climb to four under par when play was suspended for the day in New Delhi.

Defending champion SSP Chawrasia, Eddie Pepperell and Carlos Pigem are tied on six under.

Over half the field has yet to compete 54 holes after the threat of lightning had disrupted the opening two rounds.

Hoey started his third round on two under and birdies on the 5th, 9th and 11th holes saw him move to within a shot of the lead as the light began to fade.

The Ballymoney man finished the day with his first bogey of the round as his par putt on the 12th just lipped out.

Chawrasia, Pepperell and Pigem are all tied on six-under par after 11 holes of their third rounds with Spain's Pigem picking up four shots to move into contention before play was halted.

Gavin Green of Malaysia is just a shot off the lead in fourth place after a run of six consecutive birdies during his third round.

Hoey, who lost his European Tour playing card last year, is tied for fifth place alongside England's David Horsey.

Ireland's Paul Dunne missed the weekend cut after a second round 83 left him on 11 over.

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