Fog returns in Abu Dhabi to delay play again

23 Jan 2016 04:23

Thick fog delayed the start of play for the second day in succession at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Saturday.

Play was due to resume at 0740 local time, with the marquee group of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler having five holes of their second round remaining.

However, visibility was again down to a few yards when players arrived at the course and they looked to be in for another lengthy delay, Friday's having stretched to two hours and 45 minutes.

England's Andy Sullivan was in the half of the field which had been able to complete their second round, a second consecutive 67 giving the 28-year-old from Nuneaton the clubhouse lead on 10 under par.

American amateur Bryson DeChambeau was a shot behind with nine holes to play, with Joost Luiten and Rafa Cabrera Bello both on seven under after rounds of 68 and 67 respectively.

McIlroy and Fowler were both five under, although Fowler was three under for his second round and McIlroy one over. World number one Spieth was two shots further back after also completing 13 holes in one over par on Friday.