Wednesday 23 August 2017

Power slips off the pace as Hoey in eye of storm

Golf

Dunne managed just eight holes of his second round, carding two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey leaving him on two over par overall and with plenty of work to do. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
Dunne managed just eight holes of his second round, carding two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey leaving him on two over par overall and with plenty of work to do. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

William S Callahan

Seamus Power slipped back down the leaderboard on day two of the Valspar Championship as Graeme McDowell also made the cut in Florida.

Power lies eight shots off the pace set by Adam Hedwin, who leads the field on ten-under, after the Waterford man carded a second-round 74.

Power will be disappointed to have lost momentum after his strong opening round, which saw him end day one just four shots off the pace.

McDowell entered the clubhouse tied 52nd after a 67.

Meanwhile, Michael Hoey remains in contention at the weather-disrupted Hero Indian Open but Paul Dunne slipped back before he could finish his second round.

Antrim man Hoey did play the full 18 holes, carding a second consecutive 71 to leave himself firmly in the mix.

Dunne managed just eight holes of his second round, carding two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey, leaving him on two over par overall and with plenty of work to do.

Defending champion SSP Chawrasia surged to the top of the leaderboard before bad weather struck for the second day in succession.

Chawrasia carded a flawless second round of 67 at DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi to finish five under par, a shot ahead of David Horsey.

Play was then suspended for more than two and a half hours due to the threat of lightning, leaving 66 players to complete their second rounds today.

Elsewhere, Tiger Woods admits he has "no timetable" on his return to golf.

The former world No 1 and 14-time Major winner was set to take part in next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, but has not recovered sufficiently from the back spasms which saw him withdraw from the Dubai Desert Classic back in February.

"Unfortunately, due to ongoing rest and rehabilitation on my back, I won't be able to play in this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational," Woods said in a statement.

"I'm especially disappointed because I wanted to be at Bay Hill to help honour Arnold. This is one event I didn't want to skip."

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