High wind blows Danny off course

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sheffield’s Danny Willett was one of the players to suffer at the hands of strong winds as less than three hours of play was possible on the second day of the Qatar Masters in Doha.

The tournament has now been cut to 54 holes with the hope being that the second round is completed today and the final round tomorrow.

Willett, aged 24, who was fifth overnight after an opening day 69, bogeyed the second hole to slip back to two under and a tie for 10th.

Worksop’s Lee Westwood’s day began well with a birdie on the 11th, but he double-bogeyed the next and ran up a five on the 410-yard 14th to be only joint 48th before play was stopped. However, Mark Foster, from Worksop, didn’t play.

American John Daly was among those who did not hit a shot, but the 45-year-old ranked 543rd in the world moved into the lead when Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano bogeyed two of his first five holes before the suspension came just before 9.15am.

Former Open champion Daly, chasing his first victory for eight years, goes into the weekend five under par, while Fernandez-Castano, who won the Singapore Open in November when that event was trimmed to three rounds because of thunderstorms, is a stroke behind along with Korean KJ Choi and Australian Jason Day.

Play is scheduled to resume at 8.45am today.