Tuesday 28 February 2017

McGinley in contention

PAUL McGINLEY swept to within reach of his first European Tour victory in seven years at the Avantha Masters yesterday as John Daly headed back to the US with his injured right elbow in plaster.

Daly withdrew overnight with a ligament injury sustained when he struck a tree root on the ninth hole of a disheartening first-round 79 at New Delhi's DLF Golf Club.

"No bones are broken, possible torn ligaments according to European Tour docs," he tweeted. "Getting home for X-rays!"

Boosted by his second eagle three on consecutive days, this time at the 537-yard 18th hole (his ninth), McGinley looked comfortable on hard and fast-running fairways and challenging greens as he compiled a three-under-par 69 in his second round.

Five-under for his opening 36 holes, the Dubliner went into the weekend just five shy of leader Peter Whiteford (29), who boosted his hopes of a first European Tour victory in New Delhi with a second-round 68.

The highlight of the Scot's round was an eagle three at the 538-yard sixth. Whiteford finished the day two ahead of Prom Meesawat (24). Known in Thailand as 'Big Dolphin', Meesawat barely came up for air as he birdied five of the last six holes for a stunning 64.

Gareth Maybin recovered from bogeys at the second and third to shoot a 69, leaving him in a tie for 30th on three-under.

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