Tour News

Fog then darkness cause suspension of play in Dubai

Early fog caused delays (Photo: Getty Images)
First fog and finally darkness have forced play in the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic to be suspended with nearly half the field still to complete 36 holes.

Nearly three hours of play was lost early on day two and then eventually darkness would mean that those players still complete their rounds will be required to do so at 7.30am on Saturday morning.

For opening round leader Jamie Donaldson, however, he was able to record a round of 69 to go with his brilliant opening 62 and he leads by one over China’s rising star, Li Haotong, although several of those players still to finish their rounds are within striking distance including Alexander Bjork and Rory McIlroy and could yet influence the final 36 hole standings.

Andrew Dodt continues to lead the Australians, the Queenslander putting together another impressive round before a double bogey at his last hole, the 9th.

Andrew Dodt leads Australians

Scott Hend jumped 61 places with his round of 66 today and is now in 29th position, eight birdies showing marked improvement from his opening 71.

Recent NSW Open Champion Jason Scrivener looks sure to make the cut after his second round of 68 has him in 37th place although Brett Rumford and Sam Brazel still have several hole to play and currently in 55th place they will need to finish solidly if they are to be around for the final 36 holes.

Wade Ormsby, Marcus Fraser and Jason Norris appear likely to miss the cut which appears as if it will fall at 4 or 5 under.

Donaldson, though, continued on from yesterday and although not quite at the same pace is delighted with his start to the year and that he is benefitting from a break.

“Winter, took a couple months off and didn't really hit a ball,” he said. “We play golf, so much golf, all year. I've got two young kids; it's time to have some family time with them for a couple of months and it was great.

“Come out for the season nice and fresh and you're reacting more to what you've turned up with, as opposed to slogging yourself to death over the winter. Each to his own. Everyone does it differently. That's what I like to do. And then nearer the time, start playing a little bit.”

Li continues his rise in the game, a second consecutive round of 66 having him in contention for a title that would take him inside the top 50 for the first time and open up the chance of a Masters debut in six weeks time.






Want video tips delivered straight to your inbox? Subscribe to iseekgolf.com newsletters.

iSeekGolf is Australia’s largest golf tee times website.
To book a tee time at an iSeekGolf venue, visit iseekgolf.com/teetimes


More Articles from Bruce Young