Ryan Fox forced to wait as round two of European Tour stop in China abandoned

Rain and thunder may have been a blessing for Ryan Fox on day two at the Shenzhen International.
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Rain and thunder may have been a blessing for Ryan Fox on day two at the Shenzhen International.

Ryan Fox has been forced to wait at the Shenzhen International in China, with play abandoned due to heavy rain and lightning halfway through the second day on Friday.

The 30-year-old Kiwi resumed at one-under on the European Tour's latest stop, but nine holes into his second round, he had dropped two shots to sit one-over, in a tie for 54th.

A triple bogey on the par-three 12th hole at Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen did most of the damage, meaning that the birdies he picked up on the 10th, 14th and 16th counted for nothing.

Another bogey on the 15th meant that he was sitting at one over when the bad weather arrived, though given his fortune he may have welcomed the break.

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Fox, the only New Zealander in the field, now joins about half the field in having to cope with an extended day on Saturday, with play set to resume at 6.30am local time (10.30am NZ Time).

The wild weather had already disrupted the first round of play, where Fox had four birdies and three bogeys as he made his way to one-under. 

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria fired a bogey-free seven-under 65 to lead by four shots when the second round of the Shenzhen International was suspended due to storms.

Wiesberger completed his first round in the morning after lightning also halted play on Thursday, and birdied the par-five 17th to get within one of the lead. He added another seven birdies in round two to get to 12-under overall.

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"I was feeling comfortable when I was getting the ball on the green and rolling in well on the green," Wiesberger said.

Dylan Frittelli of South Africa and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark carded matching rounds of 68-68 and were tied for second at eight-under.

Richie Ramsay of Scotland also had a 68 and was a further shot back alongside Gregory Bourdy of France (two-under through four holes) and overnight leader Bubba Watson (one-under through five).

Wiesberger has not missed a cut over the last eight months while claiming seven top-five finishes as he seeks a fourth European Tour title.

Watson had a birdie on the second in his first five holes, while Bourdy birdied the second and fourth and will have 14 holes to complete on Saturday.

George Coetzee, Scott Jamieson, and Jordan Smith were in the clubhouse at 6 under. Haydn Porteous was with them through eight holes.

In all, 75 players were yet to finish round two.

HENDRY TO PLAY WEEKEND

Meanwhile, Kiwi Michael Hendry carded a one-under 70 on Friday to make the cut at the Panasonic Open in Japan.

Pearce, the only New Zealander in the field, sits in the a tie for 46th on the cut-line at even par, nine strokes off the lead. Pearce posted a one-over 72 in the opening round on Thursday.

American Jason Knutzon maintained his two-shot lead at the halfway point of the tournament.

The 41-year-old fired a two-under 69 on Friday to be at nine-under and lead from a group of four players.

Won Joon Lee carded a 67 at Chiba Country Club to be the best-placed Australian in a tie for 11th at four-under.

Yujiro Ohori of Japan shot the day's lowest score of 65 to be tied second with Korean Hur In-hoi, Philippines' Juvic Pagunsan and Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat.

The tournament is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.

- Stuff, AP

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