McGinley Pulls Ahead in Windy Spain


Extreme winds ripped through the Montecastillo Golf Club in Jerez, Spain, on Friday, forcing a suspension of play in the second round of the Volvo Masters Andalucia, but not before Paul McGinley birdied the par-5 12th to take the outright lead at the days conclusion at 9-under-par.
The wind really took hold at the 11th and the 12th, said the Irishman and winner of this years Wales Open. My putt on the 11th was blown about six feet off line to the right and I made a bogey. It was the right thing to do to come off, as the ball was moving on some of the greens which are exposed.
That was exactly the case at Montecastillo on Day 2, as winds doubled over trees, caused golf balls to move on the greens, and as a result, left 20 players still on the course at days end.
Those players will take back to the track Saturday morning to complete the round.
At 6-under-par, Padraig Harrington, Peter Lonard and Nick OHern will be some of those joining McGinley early Saturday.
However, Mathias Gronberg will have the pleasure of sleeping in, as the Swedish pro completed his round of 67 early in the day to end in outright second-place at 7-under-par 137.
Gronberg made two eagles on his front nine for an outward half of 31, but slipped with two bogeys over the backside for 67.
Darren Clarke was also one of the lucky players to complete his second round.
The Northern Irishman and No. 2-ranked player on the Order of Merit shot a fine 68 to end two shots off the lead at 6-under 138.
After the performance, he seemed rather jovial with the day. While some dread the wind, Clarke tends to enjoy the challenges.
I woke up this morning and saw the wind blowing, which was good, he claimed. Ive played a couple of rounds on this course in the wind and played well. I enjoy playing in conditions like these and I certainly hit a lot of drivers off the back of my stance to keep the ball under the wind.
Clarkes talk comes as anything but cheap, as in 1998 at this same Montecastillo course, he fired a final-round 63 to win the event.
Full-Field Scores from the Volvo Masters Andalucia.