Jamie Donaldson. (Picture by Andrew Redington/Getty Photographs)
Jamie Donaldson and Marcus Armitage preserve in a share of the lead on the Cyprus Open after resuming their second rounds on Saturday morning following the suspension of play on Friday ensuing from fading gentle.
Welshman Donaldson was contained within the golf inexperienced of the last word phrase gap when play was halted, having made six birdies and one bogey over the primary 17 to get to 11 beneath par for the match, whereas Englishman Armitage had blended an eagle with 5 birdies and a solitary bogey in his first 15 holes to affix Donaldson on the summit.
Play resumed at 08:00 native time, and Donaldson was fast to increase the lead with a two-putt birdie on the 18th, setting the clubhouse aim at 12 beneath par and incomes the eighth 36-hole lead of his profession.
He instructed the European Tour’s official web internet internet web page: “I hit a wonderful tee shot remaining night time, which was barely downwind. It was darkish nonetheless we thought with the bunkers it was a wonderful time to hit a driver. We had carried out the exhausting work and I used to be in a wonderful place contained within the midst of the inexperienced. Solely a six iron in, which I hit on the inexperienced and two-putted. Fairly fully completely totally glad, merely have to hold having satisfying with them like that for the following two days as successfully
“It is not going to matter what time you appear to face up proper appropriate correct proper right here. It’s red-hot and nice, it’s not as contained within the event you’re contained inside the UK in the intervening time getting up early and it’s fully Baltic. It was fairly straightforward to face up early. Merely have to take a seat down as quickly as additional out now and put collectively for this afternoon.”
Armitage, who restarted his spherical on the 16th inexperienced, joined the Welshman on the prime with a birdie on the 17th nonetheless wished to easily settle for a closing par as his birdie probability slipped by on the last word phrase gap.
He commented: “I’m merely gutted with that putt (on 18), it merely dove. We seen it as straight nonetheless it really actually turned acceptable on the very best. I may have taken that after 36 holes, tied for the lead.
“My sport goes in the easiest course, you merely ought to face up there and see one of many easiest methods it is over the weekend. Merely maintain attempting to make birdies and maintain testing your self – attempt to be contained inside the remaining group tomorrow and supplies your self a chance coming down the last few holes.”
Scot David Drysdale and early starters Sami Välimäki and Richard McEvoy have been the precept duo’s nearest challengers on ten beneath, one stroke forward of the huge group containing first spherical co-leader Johannes Veerman.
– European Tour