Play on day one at the Real Club Valderrama had been delayed also but storms again caused play to be called on Friday at 5.40pm with the current leader Ashley Chesters of England yet to even tee off in round two.
Chesters leads by one over France’s Gregory Bourdy and Scot Marc Warren but one shot further is a group including Australian Jason Scrivener and tournament host Sergio Garcia both of who have yet to get their second rounds underway.
Scrivener’s opening round of 68 leaves him as the leading Australian although South Australian Jason Norris opened with a round of 69 to be tied for 9th with Victorian Marcus Fraser two shots further back in 20th place.
Scrivener is currently in 96th position in the race to Dubai Rankings and appears all but assured of keeping his European Tour status for 2019 but a big week this week will help as he targets a place in the top 60 who compete at the DP World Tour Championship in mid November.
Scrivener, the current NSW Open champion, has begun to play well again after a mid-season struggle, most of his earnings in 2018 coming from good finishes at the Dubai Desert Classic, the Italian Open, the Portugal Masters and at the Alfred Dunhill Links event.
Chesters, a former leading amateur and Walker Cup player, finished 12th in this event last year after a strong weekend finish and will have the advantage of hopefully good weather conditions when he sets out on his second round on Saturday morning.
MATT BALLARD OPEN BUNKER STANCE MYTH
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