South African players continued to dominate the Malaysian Open before play was suspended due to bad weather today.

And that was despite overnight leader Charl Schwartzel, the former Masters champion, dropping down the leaderboard.

Hennie Otto stole the limelight from his more renowned countrymen to set the clubhouse target before thunderstorms forced the players off the course and led to play being abandoned.

Otto fired an unblemished round of 64 to hold a share of the lead with compatriot Jbe Kruger on nine under par. Kruger also carded eight birdies, his only hiccup coming with a bogey at the par-five third to go around in 65 today.

Louis Oosthuizen, who lost a dramatic play-off to Bubba Watson at the Masters last week, was alone in third on eight under after 12 holes of his second round.

Of the Irish involved; Peter Lawrie is on three over after 14 with Michael Hoey five over after eight.

Oosthuizen and Schwartzel made a 30-hour journey from the United States to Kuala Lumpur to take their place in the field and while Schwartzel showed no ill-effects yesterday, when he shot 64 to take the overnight lead, he laboured this morning.

The 27-year-old carded three bogeys and one birdie on the front nine, and then also bogeyed the 11th shortly before play was suspended.

That left Schwartzel four off the pace on five under par, two behind former world number one Martin Kaymer and American David Lipsky, who had both completed second-round 67s.

Danny Willett was the best-placed Englishman on six under after carding back-to-back rounds of 69.

The Yorkshireman's round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-five fifth, as he also mixed three birdies with a pair of bogeys to ensure he will be well placed for the weekend.