DUBAI: Jamie Donaldson overcame a irritating fog-enduced delayed begin to add a 3-underneath par sixty nine to his in a single day sixty two and retain the clubhouse lead within the incomplete Dubai Desert Basic second spherical on Friday.
Begin of play within the morning was delayed by two hours and 50 minutes, however that didn’t appear to have an effect on the forty two-yr-previous Welshman, who adopted up a low spherical with a strong sixty nine to tally thirteen-underneath par for his two rounds and lead by one shot over China’s Li Haotong (sixty six).
Not one of the gamers within the afternoon session have been capable of end their second spherical. Amongst these on the course have been Rory McIlroy (10-underneath par after eleven holes), defending champion Sergio Garcia (six-underneath after eleven), world No 10 Henrik Stenson (seven-underneath after eleven) and Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood (5-beneath after 10).
South Africa’s Branden Grace (sixty five) was in third place at eleven-underneath par 133.Spain’s fifty four-yr-previous Miguel Angel Jimenez, already the oldest champion on the European Tour, shot a sixty eight regardless of a double bogey to hitch Thomas Aiken (sixty seven) at 10-beneath par.
Donaldson, who has not gained on the European Tour because the Czech Masters in August 2014 and has dropped to 292nd on the planet rankings, made 4 birdies and a solitary bogey on the par-three eleventh gap.
He mirrored: “I’m fairly proud of a sixty nine. It was fairly strong once more. Drove the ball nicely. Iron photographs have been good. Took the birdies usually once I hit it shut sufficient. Might have performed the par 5s perhaps somewhat bit higher.”Li made only one par on his again 9 – the entrance 9 of the golf course – and had 10 birdies in his spherical.The nice shock was the trouble by Jimenez, who gained this event in 2010 however these days concentrates totally on the Seniors Tour.
The cigar-smoking Spaniard had a late double bogey – on the par-three seventh (his sixteenth gap of the day after ranging from tenth) – however that was his solely blemish of the day.“I all the time take pleasure in Dubai very a lot, with this lovely climate and these circumstances, and the golf course is one which I all the time wish to play,” stated Jimenez, who’s enjoying his thirtieth season on the European Tour.
“My recreation is good. I hit it very good, strong, and managed the ball. That’s what you’ll want to do right here. I’ve gained right here earlier than and I really feel like I can defend myself with my recreation on this golf course, and right here we’re.”The gamers will return to the course to complete their second spherical at 0330 GMT Saturday forward of the third spherical.
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