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Friday, March 23, 2012

PHILIP PRICE LEADS AFTER WIND DELAY IN MOROCCO

FROM THE EUROPEAN TOUR WEBSITE
Round 2 of this week's European Tour event in Morocco, the Trophée Hassan II, at Agadir, did not start until 1pm local time today, having been delayed 5 1/2 hours by high winds.
When play did start, former Ryder Cup hero Phillip Price had five birdies in eight holes to take over at the top of the leaderboard.
The Welshman, who beat Phil Mickelson as Europe won the Ryder Cup in 2002, moved to nine under par.
Starting on the back nine at Golf du Palais Royal, Price parred his first five holes before a hattrick of gains from the 15th.
Further birdies followed at the second and fourth as the 45 year old, who kept his European Tour card by the skin of his teeth last season, moved two shots ahead of overnight leader Damien McGrane.
McGrane was amongst the later starters and the Irishman had no prospect of finishing his second round on Friday.
He had been joined in second place by Swede Joel Sjöholm, who was five under through eight holes.
Price has not finished among The European Tour's top 100 money-winners since 2004, and is chasing his first victory for nine years.
Helped by holing a bunker shot on the short 16th, his seventh, Price took over at the top from McGrane, although it was 5.30pm before the Irishman teed off again on seven under.
More than half the field will have to complete their rounds tomorrow morning, but unlike last month's Qatar Masters, which also had to be halted because of wind, it is still hoped to keep the event at 72 holes.
Sjöholm birdied the fourth to take solo second on eight under, with McGrane joined by José Manuel Lara, the Spaniard five under for the day with five to play.
South African Garth Mulroy matched McGrane’s opening 65, but coming after an opening 73 it left him tied for fifth on six under.

COMPLETED SECOND ROUNDS
Par 144 (2x72)
134 Philip Price (Wales) 68 66
135 Jose Manuel Lara (Spain) 70 65.
136 Joel Sjholm (Sweden) 70 66.
137 Jorge Campillo (Spain) 68 69

SELECTED SCORES
139 Gary Orr (Scotland) 72 67.
141 Craig Lee (Scotland) 73 68.
142 David Drysdale (Scotland) 71 71, Scott Jamieson (Scotland) 72 70.
144 George Murray (Scotland) 72 72.

PROJECTED CUT - 145 or better to qualify
146 Stephen Gallacher (Scotland) 72 74.
154 Peter Whiteford (Scotland) 79 75.

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