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.
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard - Madeira Island Open
  • Full Coverage - Madeira Island Open
  • Getty Images

    Watch: Tiger throws dart, pours in birdie at 8

    By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 6:31 pm

    Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

    Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which we walked in.

    A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

    A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

    Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

    Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

    (More coming...)

    Getty Images

    Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

    By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

    Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

    Getty Images

    McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

    By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

    McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    “I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

    Full-field scores from the Arnold Palmer Invitational

    Arnold Palmer Invitational: Articles, photos and videos

    “I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

    This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

    A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

    McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

    “It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

    As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

    “It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

    Getty Images

    Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

    By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

    PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

    She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

    Her confidence is high.

    “Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

    Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

    Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

    “One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

    Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

    Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

    “I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

    Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

    “I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

    That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.