Madeira Island Open Suspended by Fog

By Sports NetworkApril 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourMADEIRA, Portugal -- Welshman Kyron Sullivan carded a 2-under 70 Friday to maintain the lead during the second round of the Madeira Island Open. Sullivan completed 36 holes at 10-under-par 134.
 
The second round was suspended for the day due to fog. The round will resume at 3:30 a.m. (ET) Saturday with the cut to be made after the round is complete. The third round will commence after that.
 
David Higgins completed a round of 6-under 66 to move into second place at 9-under-par 135. Matthew Morris was also at minus-9 through seven holes of his second round. John Bickerton is one stroke behind that duo at minus-8, but has only completed 11 holes of round two.
 
Sullivan, a member of the Challenge Tour, opened his round with a birdie on the par-5 third to move to 9 under. He later picked up his second birdie in two days at the par-3 eighth.
 
Around the turn at Santo da Serra Golf Club, Sullivan climbed back into the lead by himself at minus-11 with a birdie on the par-4 13th. The 28-year-old faltered to a bogey at the par-4 18th to head into the clubhouse at minus-10.
 
'It wasn't until we were really on the 11th that I realized that Dave tied me and I thought I better start making some birdies,' said Sullivan, who was paired with Higgins. 'It's not a case of trying harder, but you are conscious of it when your playing partner is going so well. Dave played fantastic and it does keep you going. I'm just happy that I'm still in the hunt.'
 
Higgins caught fire right out of the gates on the front nine. Higgins rolled in three consecutive birdie tries from the second to get to 6 under.
 
After a pair of pars, the 32-year-old Higgins birdied his next four holes to move to 10 under par and a share of the lead. The Irishman parred seven consecutive holes before he tripped to a bogey at 18.
 
'I holed a few nice putts on the front nine and then didn't get anything on the back nine, but I'm playing nice so it's ok,' said Higgins. 'It was just the 18th where I came off my drive and hit a bad one because the rough down the right side is tough and I knew as soon as I hit it that it was going to end up there. You've got to hit it up the left side there and as a result I made bogey.'
 
Morris ran off three straight birdies from the 10th to open his round. He stumbled to a bogey at the par-3 15th to slide one shot back and parred the next hole before action was halted for the night.
 
Stephen Scahill, who shared the first-round lead with Sullivan, only managed a 1-over 73 to slide to 7-under-par 137. He was joined there by Magnus P. Atlevi (68) and Rolf Muntz (67).
 
Andrew McLardy moved into a tie for eighth place with a 1-under 71 and stands at minus-6 through two rounds. He was tied there by Garry Houston, Robert-Jan Derksen, Alvaro Salto, Gary Orr, Shaun P. Webster, Benn Barham, Nicolas Colsaerts and Gregory Bourdy, all of whom have not completed their second rounds.
 
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.