Second Round Washed Out


CADIZ, Spain -- The second round of the Volvo Masters Andalucia was suspended on Friday due to heavy rain and high winds. No player hit a shot and the decision was made to call all the action after a pair of delays.
The second round will begin Saturday morning at 2:15 AM (ET) with players in threesomes teeing off from both the first and 10th tees. The plan is to begin the third round at 7:45 AM in the same draw.
'I don't think we will manage 36 holes tomorrow, with the leaders in the third round not going out until 9:15 AM (ET),' said tournament director David Garland. 'We might have an hour and a half to play to finish off on Sunday and then do a re-draw for round four.'
The plan is for the third round to resume Sunday morning but there should be enough time to finish as scheduled Sunday afternoon.
'It is supposed to be dry tomorrow with moderate winds and dry again on Sunday, so we are still very confident that we'll get 72 holes finished by Sunday evening,' said Garland. 'A Monday finish is also a possibility.'
An inch and a half of rain fell on the course Friday, leaving standing water on several fairways and greens. The wind gusts were as big of a problem, with swirls hitting 50 miles per hour. The wind knocked over leaderboards and at least three trees on the course.
Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden fired an 8-under-par 64 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first round.
Anders Hansen, the 60th and final player eligible for this field, needed only two and a half hours on Thursday to complete his round of 6-under 66. He was the first player off the tee in the first round and is alone in second place.
Carlos Rodiles is in sole possession of third place after an opening-round 68.
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick O'Hern share fourth place at 2-under-par 70.
Colin Montgomerie, who shared the title last year with Bernhard Langer as the two decided on a tie after their playoff ran into darkness, opened his defense with a 1-under-par 71.
Montgomerie was joined in sixth place by Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, John Bickerton, Angel Cabrera, Brian Davis, Niclas Fasth and Stephen Gallacher.
Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke all struggled in the first round Thursday. Westwood shot a 75, Harrington a 76 and Clarke opened with a 77.
The Volvo Masters Andalucia is the final event on the 2003 European Tour schedule. It is reserved for only the top-60 on the Order of Merit but three players (Order of Merit winner Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Peter Lonard) passed on the invite.
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