Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Rory Leads at the Conclusion of Round 2.

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Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, now leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the conclusion of the delayed round two at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

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Rory finally carded a second round -8 under par 64, after the resumption of play, to lead the  Omega Dubai Desert Classic at -15 under par for 36 holes, and will take a two shot advantage into the week-end;

“That was pretty nice, I knew with the conditions this morning there were chances out there, obviously with the two par fives and 17.”

“To take care of those and birdie a couple others, to finish five under for my last seven was a nice way to finish this morning.”

“I didn’t really have a score in mind or anything. I just wanted to go out there and play a good seven holes and hopefully get myself into contention for the last couple of rounds.”

“I sort of did that and maybe a little bit more and it’s nice to go into the weekend in the lead.”

“Look forward to getting out there again this afternoon.”

Sitting in second place is Jamie Donaldson, Wales, with 36 hole total of -13 under par, from a second round -3 under 69.

Li Haotong, China, occupies third place, a second round -6 under 66 giving him that position on his own at -12 under par.

Round three is now in progress.

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Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Jamie Holds On In Suspended 2nd Round.

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Jamie Donaldson, Wales, holds on to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic lead as fog delayed 2nd round play at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

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Jamie got into the clubhouse before the fog rolled in, posting a second Omega Dubai Desert Classic round of -3 under par 69, for a -13 under 36 hole total.

He said he had played well, but the putter was not working as good as yesterday;

“I have backed up low scores like that with another one but today it wasn’t to be.”

“Quite happy with a 69.”

“Played nicely. Drove the ball well, iron play was good, took my chances when I was close enough to do so.”

“Hit a lot of really good putts that didn’t go in where yesterday they all went in.”

“It can always be better, can’t it? Wanted to try to go flag hunting a little bit, which maybe I shouldn’t have done, but happy with how I played.”

Li Haotong of China is currently in second place with a consecutive completed  round of -6 under 66 for -12 under.

Branden Grace, South Africa, -7 under 65 today, and Alexander Björk, Sweden, who has only played 12 second round holes, for -4 under, share third place at -11 under par.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, is the tie for fifth, having finished 11 second round holes, and is currently at -3 under for his round, and -10 for the tournament.

The fog meant two hours and 50 minutes of playing time were lost, so all of the later starters will have to complete their second rounds from 0730 on Saturday morning.

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Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Jamie Donaldson Leads 1st Round

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Jamie Donaldson, Wales. leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the 1st round at Emirates Golf Club.

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Jamie shot a first round -10 under par 62 to lead the  Omega Dubai Desert Classic, to lead by one shot in Dubai, he admitted thinking about at 59;

“I’m not going to lie to you, I was thinking about it, I birdied five and then started thinking, ‘if i just birdie them all coming in, then I’ve done it”.

“Sometimes you’re best not thinking and just keep playing but I was picturing birdieing them all and then jumping in the lake on the last.”

“I’m stood here at ten under which I’m very happy with.”

“I had tennis elbow for a year and a half, that wasn’t very nice, but you’ve just got to try and play through these things.”

“I took three months off at the end of 2016 trying to get myself right and it didn’t work. Now it’s gone, I feel fully fit.”

“I’ve been working on my game, trying to find the form that I’ve found in the past.”

“Everything worked perfectly today.”

Sitting in second place at -9 under after rounds of 63, are Anthony Wall and David Horsey, both from England.

Tyrrell Hatton, England, is in fourth spot at -8 under 64 , followed by two-time winner Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Alexander Björk, Sweden, Lasse Jensen, Denmark. Chris Paisley, England and Thomas Pieters, Belgium, all at -7 under par.

Rory is happy with his progress since his long lay-off;

“I didn’t expect to play as well as I did last week and it’s been nice to continue that into this week.”

“I’m ahead of schedule right now but I don’t mind that. That’s nice.”

“Just have to reassess everything and go from there.

“I’m really happy with where my body is, where my game is and this is just a progression of what I’ve seen over the past couple of months, which has been nice.”

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Italian Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are now just two players tied at the top of the Italian Open leaderboard after day 2 at Golf Club Milano in Monza, Italy. Marcus Fraser, Australia, shares the honor with Matt Wallace from England.

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Marcus shot his lowest ever European Tour score, -9 under par 62, to join Matt, -6 under 65 today, at the top of the Italian Open leaderboard after the second round.

Marcus took his putting performance to a new level;

“To come and do that today, I’m pretty proud of myself and it’s quite reassuring that I still can play golf.”

“I felt like I’ve putted well and scrambled well this week.”

“Today I took it to a new level with the putter. I felt like I putted well yesterday and I probably out-did it today.”

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Matt Wallace / getty

Matt enjoyed the good weather today;

“When I won in Portugal, I backed up a ten under with a seven under. It’s not that rare, I have done it before.

“Yeah, I just played good golf out there today and it’s perfect weather for us to shoot low.”

Tied in third place, two shots back at -11 under par, are two of yesterdays six leaders, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, and Jamie Donaldson, Wales, both carded -4 under 67.

Kiradech did not have a good day with his putter;

“I was still hitting a lot of great quality shots today. The putter didn’t work as well as yesterday.”

Jamie also suffered from a cooler putter;

“I played well again. The putter wasn’t quite as warm today as it was yesterday.” 

Local favorite, defending champion, and another of the first round leaders, Francesco Molinari is alone in fifth place, a -3 under today giving him a -10 under total;

“It wasn’t easy but everyone was obviously willing me to do well and I tried to stay calm and stay in my own bubble. I did that pretty well.”

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Italian Open. Six Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a six way tie at the top of the Italian Open leaderboard at the  Golf Club Milano. Defending Champion Francesco Molinari, from Italy, to the delight of the home fans is joined by Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, Alexander Björk, Sweden, Jamie Donaldson, Wales, Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace from England.

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The top players all carded first rounds of -7 under par 64 to lead the Italian Open by just one shot.

Francesco was happy to come back and play well at home;

“Obviously it was another good day. I started pretty much where I left off last year, so it was great.”

“It’s great to see the crowds. I think there’s a nice buzz around the place and I’m happy and proud to be part of it.”

Kiradech was another happy player, with his putter working well;

“I’m really happy with the way I played in the first round, seven under.” 

“This course really suits my game, small greens, quite a narrow golf course and my driver and putter are working so well, so that’s why I made a good start.”

Alexander had a solid round;

“I played really solid today, I’m really pleased with that round.”

Jamie also had a good day with the putter;

“I played really well. I didn’t do much wrong really today, that was the secret.” 

“When I had a chance of holing a putt, I made it.”

“I generally putted a lot better, and tee-to-green was pretty good.”

These six are closely followed, at -6 under by George Coetzee, South Africa, and Ben An, from South Korea.

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Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marcel Siem Delights Home Crowd.

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Marcel Siem of Germany delights the home crowd with a 2 up win over yesterdays record breaking Mikko Ilonen from Finland.

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Marcel and Mikko were all square with two to play, but Marcel birdied them both to delight the home fans at the  Beckenbauer Course at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany;

“I said to myself at the beginning of the week, I won four tournaments and a World Cup with my emotions.”

“I know some weeks they got in the way for me but I think to get back on track I need my emotions; that’s me.”

“I think I have another ten years in front of me and I want to keep my emotions out there.”

“I tried to be a lot calmer, that doesn’t work for me and it was really enjoyable today.”

“A few fist pumps, I hope the people liked that, it’s just automatic for me it’s not being a show-off, that’s me.”

The tournament host Paul Lawrie, Scotland, went down 2 & 1 to Alejandro Cañizares from Spain.

Johan Carlsson, Sweden defeated the tournament top seed Matthew Southgate , England 4 & 2.

More home fan good news came when Alexander Knappe had a  5 & 4 win over Victor Dubuisson of France.

Alexander said he had played well;

“It was good, I played very solid, it was a good game.”

“Always just stick to your game and play as good as you can and hopefully you win.

Thomas Detry. Belgium, beat Nacho Elvira, Spain, 3 & 1, while Tom Lewis, England won 4 & 2 over Zander Lombard from South Africa.

Jamie Donaldson, Wales  beat Jorge Campillo, Spain 4 and 3, and defending champion Anthony Wall, of England defeated  Haydn Porteous, South Africa 1 up.

Chris Paisley beat Nathan Kimsey 4 and 2. Paul Dunne beat Jens Fahrbring 4 and 3.

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Nordea Masters. Jamie Donaldson Has Lead.


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Jamie Donaldson, from Wales, leads the Nordea Masters  going into the weekend at  Barsebäck Golf & Country Club in Sweden.

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Jamie carded a second consecutive round of -4 under par 69 to take the half-way lead in the Nordea Masters, at -8 under par, and will also take a two shot lead into the week-end.

He said that better chipping and putting had set up the good rounds;

“I played nicely, there were times when the ball wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but I made some great escapes.”

“The chipping and putting has been better over the last couple of days.”

“I have been playing quite nicely recently but just not quite putting it all together but the first couple of days here, I’ve been able to do that.”

“More of the same for the weekend, really. I’ve got my map of the golf course and how to play it. I don’t know what the weather is going to do tomorrow, it might be windy, it might not, so we’ll wake up and take it from there.”

Renato Paratore, from Italy, is in second place at -6 under par, a second round -1 under 72 keeping him in touch of the leader, but he did start the day as joint overnight leader.

Three players are tied in third place at -5 under par, Graeme Storm, -5 under 68 today, and Max Orrin, even par 73 today, both from England. They are joined on that total by Benjamin Herbert, France, who scored -2 under 71 in his second round.