desert classic

Friday’s course-only tickets remain valid for Saturday

DUBAI — Organisers of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic have announced that Friday’s tickets (course only) will remain valid for Saturday after strong winds forced cancellation of play on Friday.

The second round teed off in extremely cold and windy conditions and they subsequently worsened forcing suspension of play at 14.26.

The players will return to the course to resume their second round from 7.30am today in what Met office believes to be a sunny day.

At the time of suspension of play for the day, Martin Kaymer and Rafa Cabrera Bello were the leaders in the clubhouse at four under after signing for rounds of 69.

South Africa’s, George Coetzee was on nine under after completing eight holes, one ahead of overnight leader Sergio Garcia, who rolled in back-to-back birdies on second and third before dropping a shot on the fourth to get to eight under after five holes.

“We’ve had a fairly challenging day today with the wind,” said Tournament Director Mike Stewart. “Winds increased during the course of lunchtime into the early afternoon to the point where we had gusts approaching 36 miles an hour and beyond.

“The result was the last hour of play, effectively, before we suspended, it was such that we had a lot of things going on on the golf course.

“We had TV towers that the roofs were blown off. We had balls moving on the greens and into bunkers, five trees came down, it was very unsafe and it was unplayable. So we brought the players off the golf course in the interests of play and safety to the spectators, as well.

“Hopefully we can get most of the third round completed tomorrow. We’ll still have a bit to conclude on Sunday and, all going well, we’ll still have a good chance of finishing on time on Sunday afternoon.”

The round 3 will be a two-tee start in 3-ball and will not commence before 12:00.


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