Hall leads NZ big freeze
Aussie Ashley Hall is the 36-hole leader at a NZ PGA Championship hard hit by freezing winds and heavy showers.
Australia’s Ashley Hall is the 36-hole leader at a New Zealand PGA Championship that has been hard hit by freezing winds and heavy showers.
Conditions were so bad at the Clearwater golf course near Christchurch, in fact, that the first six players at the tournament’s second round all had to play their rounds in the morning on Friday.
And the fact that only one player managed to break par in the afternoon compared with five in the morning highlighted the deteriorating weather.
Hall shot a three-under par 69 to take his tournament total to seven-under and go three shots clear of New Zealand’s Anthony Doyle.
Doyle sits alone in second place on four-under, one stroke clear of the next four players – New Zealanders Grant Moorhead and Gareth Paddison and Australia’s Mitchell Brown and Stephen Allan.
Doyle, the Christchurch Golf Club resident professional, also thrived in the calm early conditions, emerging as the only player not to drop a shot on Friday.
“The best thing about today was my putting, I’ve had no three-putts for the two rounds and I guess that’s where you pick up your shots on the field,” Doyle said.
Fifty players made the cut at three-over, with a notable omission being New Zealand’s defending champion Steve Alker, who bogeyed the last hole to miss by one stroke.
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,