Sullivan Slips Ahead at Suspended HSBC
Fog sucked the life out of most of Day 2 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Friday, leaving the UK’s Andy Sullivan as the leader in the clubhouse after he fired a second straight 67 to reach 10-under.
Fifty-nine players, about 47% of the 126-man field, did not finish their second rounds and will start at 7:40 a.m. Saturday to complete Day 2’s action before getting to Day 3.
Day 1 leader Bryson DeChambeau, the American amateur, is a shot off the lead through 27 holes. He was 1-under on the back nine Friday, birdying No. 10 and 12 before suffering a bogey on 18 just before the fog rolled in enough to suspend play.
Sullivan did almost all of his damage in the middle of the round, running off six straight birdies between No. 7 and No. 12, and shooting just 1-over the rest of the round.
The Netherlands’ Joost Luiten and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello both finished their rounds to move into a tie for third at 7-under with Thomas Bjorn and Richard Bland.
The traditional heavies found themselves heading in the wrong direction on Friday, with Rory McIlroy sliding six spots to a tie for ninth as he struggled to a 1-over through the first 13 holes. McIlroy had no birdies, one bogey and 12 pars.
World No. 5 Henrik Stenson, who shot a 65 on Thursday, is 3-over through 12 holes, with four bogeys and just one birdie on the front nine.
World No. 1 Jordan Spieth also struggled in his shortened round, bogeying back-to-back holes on the front nine and sitting at 1-over through 13 holes, falling to a tie for 26th from seventh place.
The tentative cut is being set at 1-under, which would knock out the likes of Chris Wood, Victor Dubuisson, and Haydn Porteous.