Murphy lurking in Moscow

By Brian Keogh

Gary Murphy is tied for second place in the rain-delayed Russian Open in Moscow - six shots behind a red-hot leader Per-Ulrik Johansson.

The Swede carded an incredible, 10-under par 62 at Le Meridien Moscow Country Club to lead on 13 under par.

But Murphy still has time to close the gap after torrential rain forced play to be abandoned for the day when he had played just five holes.

The Kilkenny man, 34, birdied his first two holes to get to seven-under par alongside overnight leader Christian Nilsson.

Like Murphy, Dubliner Peter Lawrie also birdied the first and second to get to three-under par but managed just two more holes before play was suspended.

Waterville's David Higgins carded a level par 72 but will miss the cut today after a disastrous opening 81 left him on nine-over.