Goosen Goes Low Play Halted


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Retief Goosen fired a second-round 7-under-par 64 Friday before thunderstorms halted play at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open. Goosen stands at 12-under-par 130, but trails overnight co- leader Arjun Atwal by one stroke. Atwal is 13-under-par through seven holes of his second round.
Play was halted at 2:25 P.M.. local time when heavy thunderstorms rolled into the area. The round was suspended for the day at 5:45 P.M. after it was determined the course was unplayable. The heavy rain caused flooding and several bunkers were washed out as a result. The second round will resume at 8:00 A.M. local time.
Goosen and all those with morning tee times were able to complete their rounds before the storms hit. The 2001 U.S. Open champion began his day on the back nine at The Mines Resort & Golf Club and got off to a remarkable start.
The 34-year-old carded birdies on his first two holes to climb to 7-under- par. After a par on the 12th hole, his third, Goosen ran off four consecutive birdies beginning on No. 13. He later birdied the 18th for a back-nine score of 7-under-par 29, which moved him to minus-12 for the tournament.
Around the turn, Goosen played inconsistently. He bogeyed No. 1, his tenth hole after plugging his second shot in a green-side bunker. He went on to post back-to-back birdies starting at the fourth to get to 13-under-par. However, Goosen wrapped a pair of bogeys around a birdie at the eighth to finish the side at even-par and 12-under-par through two rounds.
'Making two fives at the first and third was the end of a really low round,' said Goosen, referring to his chances of breaking 60. 'I got off to a great start on my front nine and 29 was probably the worst I could have scored. I made a bad five at the 17th and that stopped the momentum a bit.'
The 2002 Johnnie Walker Classic winner was hoping for more out of his round though.
'It turned out to be quite a disappointing round,' said Goosen. 'But with two rounds to go I am where I want to be. In this game, you can always be better.'
Atwal began his round with a birdie at the first to get into double digits under-par. He birdied the par-4 fourth, before carding consecutive birdies starting at the sixth that moved him back into the lead at minus-13.
Ted Oh is one stroke behind Goosen and alone in third place at 11-under-par 131. Thammanoon Srirot and Padraig Harrington are one stroke further back at minus-10. All three of these men completed the second rounds.
Harrington was impressive as he carded a 5-under-par 66 for the second straight day. Harrington, who won the season-opening BMW-Asian Open in November, began his round with consecutive birdies starting at the 10th, his first hole.
After a bogey at the 13th, he responded with back-to-back birdies beginning at the 14th. He also birdied No. 17 to make the turn 4-under-par for the round and 9-under-par overall.
On the front side, Harrington notched birdies at the second and third to climb to minus-11. However he faltered with a bogey at the sixth to fall back to 10-under-par.
'I spent the last six weeks practicing and that makes your mind very active,' said Harrington, who was referring to the fact that he is thinking too much about certain shots. 'But then it is difficult to turn it off when you are on the course. But I am very pleased with two 66's. You are never really sure after a long break how things are going to go.'
Daniel Chopra and Andersson are tied for sixth place at minus-9. However, Chopra completed his second round, while Andersson's second round has not begun. Prayad Marksaeng and Brad Kennedy are one shot behind that pair at 8-under-par 134.
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