Saturday 22 July 2017

Dunne slips back as storm gathers

Bubba Watson watches his shot at the Shenzhen International golf tournament in Shenzhen, in China. Photo: Getty Images
Bubba Watson watches his shot at the Shenzhen International golf tournament in Shenzhen, in China. Photo: Getty Images

William S Callahan

Paul Dunne couldn't keep up with the lightning pace set by Bernd Wiesberger as storms suspended play at the Shenzen International for the second day running.

The Greystones man, who last week finished runner-up in Morocco's King Hassan II tournament, shot a 72 and is ten shots off Austria's Wiesberger who leads by four after hitting a 65.

Dunne, who is now two under par overall, recorded a double bogey on the par-four fifth hole for a second day in a row, after birdies on one and four.

However, he made some amends with an eagle on the ninth, in between bogeys on the seventh and 13th in a mixed round.

Paul Dunne reacts to a shot at the Shenzen International. Photo: Getty Images
Paul Dunne reacts to a shot at the Shenzen International. Photo: Getty Images

Day one leader Bubba Watson (above) had a birdie on the second before weather forced him off the course after five holes.

Wiesberger had returned to the Genzon Golf Club course yesterday to complete his opening round, held over from Thursday after the threat of lightning had led to a suspension which saw several players unable to finish.

Wiesberger birdied the 17th en route to a 67 that saw him move within one of the lead.

He then picked up seven more shots in the second round to complete the day on 12 under.

With none of the afternoon players having completed more than nine holes of their second rounds before play was brought to another early finish, Wiesberger's closest challengers were Dylan Frittelli and Thorbjorn Olesen, who both posted 68s for the second successive day.

Scotland's Richie Ramsay was a shot back after also carding a 68, leaving him alongside Gregory Bourdy and first-round leader Watson, who were on course when the hooter sounded.

Wiesberger, who has finished in the top five seven times in the last eight months, said: "I can't complain about the score today. It was a long day, I got up at 4.30 to finish a couple of holes.

"I started well and picked up from the day before. I hit a drive down 17 early in the morning and got my round in of 67.

"I kept going that way, driving the ball nicely and putting really well.

Comfortable

"I was feeling comfortable when I was getting the ball on the green and rolling in well on the green, so that was key for me today to get something in the mid-60s.

"I played a few holes on Tuesday and I said to my caddie it feels like a course that suits me and suits my game. I knew I was playing decent coming into this week."

The second round will resume today, with the third round due to go off two tees later in the morning.

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