Winds disrupt Qatar Masters

BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2012 Qatar Masters | Round Two | 04 Feb 2012

The second round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters has been suspended due to high winds lashing the Doha Golf Club’s layout in the capital city of the Arab Emirate.

The strong winds gusting over 70 kilometres per hour and coming off the large expanse of desert of Saudi Arabia to the west, would see only three hours of play on day two and as a result the event has been reduced to 54 holes.

When play was called at 2.00pm local time John Daly’s opening round of 67 still led the field although he had yet to even tee off on day two.

Daly has reassessed his schedule for 2012 and will now focus most of his attention on the European Tour. “I’m kind of this year basing everything around the European tour instead of the PGA TOUR, so hopefully I’ll get in a lot more on the European side,” said Daly after his opening round. “My goal is just to try and get my card on the European tour and maybe get in the top 60. That’s kind of the goal.”

Daly appears to have recovered from the debacle of his meltdown at the Australian Open having played well in Thailand and Hong Kong late in 2011 and now this good start to 2012.

Daly led by one over Gonzalo Federez Castano, K.J. Choi and Australian Jason Day who although unable to advance from his opening round score of 68 through six holes of round two is very much in the firing line.

“It was very, very tough out there," said Day. “There was a lot of wind and a lot of sand, and I don’t really wear sunglasses, and I haven’t worn sunglasses for a long, long time, and I actually went into the pro shop this morning and bought some because I’ve never played in this kind of dust before. So it was interesting. It was a new experience for me.

“I had a month and a half off and was kind of a little rusty. Obviously the first tournament back is a little rusty just trying to get back into the swing of things. I actually played well last week. I just didn’t score as well as I’d like to.”

Richard Green is the next best of the Australians in 10th position at 2 under although like so many others he had yet to hit off in round two.

Play will begin at 8.45am on Saturday with round two hopefully completed before the third and final round will be played on Sunday.

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