Sicilian Open to finish Monday

Raphael Jacquelin still leads by one shot at the Sicily Open, where a weather delay has forced a Monday finish to the event.

Raphael Jacquelin still leads by one shot at the Sicily Open, where a weather delay has forced a Monday finish to the event.

Play was suspended on Sunday afternoon for two and a half hours due to dangerous weather conditions before the final groups had even teed off.

While Jacquelin still leads, his advantage has been cut down to only one shot, thanks to a bogey on his final hole of the day, the 12th. The Frenchman missed a six-footer for par, whilst England’s Anthony Wall made a birdie on the same hole, also his last of the day, effectively setting up a potentially thrilling Monday finale.

The two golfers exchanged blows for much of the early proceedings, though a serene Jacquelin appeared to have matters well under control at the turn, when he led by three shots.

Jacquelin admitted to some frustration at giving up a shot right at the death.

“It was a little bit frustrating to bogey the 12th before we finished there but it was actually a good bogey so I can’t have too many complaints,” said Jacquelin.

“I am two under for the round and have a one shot lead so we will come back and do it all again in the morning. I played well though and holed more putts today even though it was difficult to get the pace of the greens because of the weather.”

Of the delay and its impact, he said: “It was okay. It was long but the main thing that affects you in that situation is that fact that you are playing a round that you know you have no chance to finish.

“That is the toughest thing to deal with but I did that pretty well. 14 years on Tour makes you accept most of these things. I’ll be okay.”

Wall acknowledged the significance of two shot-swing on the final hole of the day.

“That was very important to have that two shot swing because Raph has been exemplary for the last two days,” said Wall.

“He is striking the ball very well. He is on the money every time and I have to be honest and tell you that I am feeling a little bit rusty having had the last three weeks off.

“I have let two or three shots go which is unlike me so for him to hit that hook on the 12th helped me a lot because he hasn’t had many like that.”

Wall also revealed that he’d had a conversation with his wife regarding areas of his game that needed attention.

“I had a good chat to the wife this morning and she told me where I could improve in a couple of areas,” he added.

“She pointed a couple of things out and she was right and I think it helped me. I’m doing it on the cheap aren’t I? But it has helped and hopefully will do tomorrow.”