Winds Continue to Plague Volvo Masters


For a second consecutive day, intense winds ripped through the Montecastillo Golf Club in Jerez, Spain, forcing tournament officials to postpone the third round of the Volvo Masters only moments after it had begun.
The second round concluded early Saturday, after having spilled over from the day before due to the same problem.
At that point, Irelands Paul McGinley had taken the tournament lead at 9-under-par 135 on the merits of a strong 69.
Two shots back was Mathias Gronberg of Sweden, who carded a 67 to move to 7-under, while 1998 champion Darren Clarke (68) and Padraig Harrington (71) shared a spot of third at 6-under.
Following the conclusion of the second round early Saturday morning, the first few groups of players were just heading out to start Round 3, when it was determined that the wind was just too severe to go on.
The conditions here at the clubhouse seemed very playable, but around the corner of the course, at the 11th, the 15th and the 5th greens, which are exposed to the north wind, it was unplayable all afternoon, said David Garland, the Director of Tournament Operations with the European Tour.
Third round play will resume early Sunday morning, upon which a decision will be made regarding the prospect of completing a full 72 holes.
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