Dubai (AFP) – Sergio Garcia made the most of perfect scoring conditions Saturday to complete his second round of the Dubai Desert Classic with a five-under-par 67 & claim a three-shot lead.
The Spaniard, who led after the first round with a sparkling 65, was one-under after five holes when play was suspended on Friday because of high winds that pulled down trees & were deemed dangerous to players & spectators.
But he returned early Saturday to Emirates Golf Club with intent & started with three straight birdies on his way to 12-under-par 132 at the halfway stage.
p>Another Spaniard, Nacho Elvira, was in second place at 135 following a round of 68 which included a bogey on the ninth, his finishing hole.
South Africa’s George Coetzee made a double-bogey after losing his ball with a wayward tee shot on the tricky ninth hole to complete on 136, tied for third place with 2007 champion Henrik Stenson (68).
The cut came at one-over-par 145, with the third round starting at 12:10 pm (0810 GMT).
The European Tour tournament suffered a double blow on Friday when former number one Tiger Woods pulled out with a back spasm & then high winds saw play called off for the day.
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