Lane in three-way tie as play halted
Leader Barry Lane was tied with John Parry and Chan Yih-Shin when dangerous weather halted play at the Avantha Masters.
England’s early clubhouse leader Barry Lane was tied with compatriot John Parry and Chan Yih-Shin of Chinese Taipei when dangerous weather halted play for the day in the second round of the Avantha Masters.
Lane was back in the clubhouse with his second successive 67 and a 10-under total, but Parry and Chan still had a hole to play when officials decided at 16.28 (local time) that the conditions made it too dangerous for play to continue and suspended the second round for the rest of the day.
A fair number of players were still out on the course when play was halted, but of all of them, only Chan and Parry and perhaps Germany’s overnight leader Marcel Siem and American Asian Tour regular Jason Knutzon, looked to have any chance of making a change to the top of the leaderboard when the first round is completed early on Saturday.
Siem and Knutzon were both on 7-under, the German with three holes and the American with four holes to play.
At this stage Australians Andrew Dodt (68) and Darren Beck (65), England’s David Drysdale (67) and Lam Chi-Bing (67) of Singapore were tied for 4th, a shot behind the leaders on 9-under.
Lane began his day at DLF Golf and Country Club in a tie for third – three shots behind overnight leader Siem – and three birdies on the opening nine holes of his second round saw the 49-year-old holding onto his place among the front runners
He picked up another shot at the first and, although that was subsequently cancelled out with a bogey at the fifth, two more birdies saw Lane finish with a 10 under 36-hole total that put him a stroke ahead of the field.
“I have actually started off the year all right, but my problem for the past two years has been my putting,” he said.
“I have managed to post a couple of 68s here and there, but here I have had a nice couple of 67s to start the week.
“If you can shoot those scores then you know that there is something there but I have really struggled with my putting and that has stopped me from scoring well all the time.”
Lane had trailed Andrew Dodt for most of the morning but a double bogey at the 16th saw the Australian slip back into a tie for second on nine under.
Dodt reached the turn in 32 following four birdies over his opening nine holes and, although his progress was checked with a bogey at the 10th, three consecutive birdies from the 11th helped him to the top of the leaderboard.
However, a wayward tee shot on the par-three 16th found the water and he eventually took a five to card a 68 and finish nine under.
He joined Andrew Drysdale after the Scot produced a strong finish with three consecutive birdies in his five-under 67.
Approaching the 16th, Drysdale had collected four birdies against two bogeys but changed the complexion of his second round over the final three holes.
“Overall I am pretty happy with the first two days here,” he said.
“I have driven the ball well but haven’t putted great this week. I have holed a few nice birdie putts but then missed a few short ones.
“It is difficult to read the grainy greens here though. I can’t read grain at all and I don’t think many of the European guys are very good at it to be honest so that is an extra challenge for us coming over here.”
Northern Irishman Darren Clarke climbed back into contention with one of the best rounds of the day, a six-under-par 66 that featured nine birdies, seven of which came in his last seven holes.
“I started off a bit out of sorts – I couldn’t quite figure the swing out and then it clicked into place about the 14th and I hit some really nice shots after that,” he said after reaching seven under par for the tournament.
“I needed to do something after yesterday and I managed to do it.
“I am definitely getting back to where I want it to be.
“Just look at the two rounds here: I was a bit disappointed with one under yesterday and then the fact that I go out today and it is not quite right but I manage to turn it around is pretty good.”
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