Nov 7th, 2020
Cyprus Showdown delayed by darkness
Final spots decided on Saturday morning
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2014 Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson, who held the 54-hole lead at last week’s Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open on the same golf course, is the leading scorer on 12 under par with three holes to complete on Saturday morning.
James Morrison of England and American Johannes Veerman earlier set the clubhouse target of 11 under par. Morrison carded a course-record equalling eight-under-par 63 after starting his round with eight birdies on his first ten holes.
“We were the first group out this morning and we had perfect conditions. A different wind direction on 18, it’s into the wind today. Yesterday I hit driver and seven iron on to the green, today I laid up with a wedge. It’s firmer, different wind, but the course is in such great condition that if you play well you can shoot a good score," commented Morrison after his great round.
One of the biggest movers on the second day was Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Caldwell, who started the tournament with a one-over-par 72. The 36-year-old carded a second round 64, seven under par, to move to six under and secure his place in tomorrow’s third round shoot-out.
In a first-of-its-kind format on the European Tour, the top 32 players and ties after the second round will advance to the third day of play on the Mediterranean island. All scores will be reset and the top 16 and ties after the third round will go through to Sunday. Again, everyone will start from level par in the final round shoot-out with the winner receiving a €200,000 first prize.
Play was suspended for more than an hour and a half on Friday afternoon due to thunderstorms in the area and, after the restart, darkness halted play on Friday night with 33 players currently inside the projected cut of six-under-par.
The lowest scorer after the first two rounds will receive a €5,000 bonus from tournament sponsor Megabet+. The draw for the third round will be in score order, with the lowest scorers from the first two rounds teeing off first no earlier than 09:00 local time.
The 30 players still to complete their rounds will resume play early on Saturday.