Friday, 19 March 2010

Marathon Man Robert Dinwiddie completed an amazing 32-hole course to stride into the second round lead at the Credit Suisse Challenge with an 11 under par 135 aggregate.

The Englishman played only four holes of his first round at the par 73 Wilyhof Golf Club on Thursday after an horrendous six and a half hour weather delay, and was then forced to wait an extra two hours to resume play by another postponement on Friday.

Despite all of those interruptions, Dinwiddie emerged at the top of the leaderboard after finishing off his first round in some style for an opening 67 which he soon supplemented with a second round 68.

As was the case at the close of play on Thursday night, half of the 158 man field, including first round leaders Carlos Del Moral of Spain and Argentina’s Julio Zapata, had complete their rounds on Saturday morning.

Del Moral finished his second round, a two under 71, to join Denmark’s Cristoffer Lange and Scotsman Euan Little in a tie for second place, with Little posting a second consecutive 68.  

Lange had joined Dinwiddie at the top end of the leaderboard on Friday night, having recorded opening scores of 66-70 to move to ten under, while South Africa’s Brendan Grace and Germany’s Richard Treiss were a further stroke back on nine under.

Having played only four holes on Thursday, Dinwiddie put together an exceptional ten birdies in his 32 hole marathon and dropped just a single shot.

“It was a bit of a marathon but I am used to that from my amateur days,” smiled the 24 year old, who boasted a formidable amateur record before turning professional at the end of last season, having played in the 2005 Walker Cup and collected the 2005 Scottish and Welsh Amateur Open Strokeplay Championships as well as the English edition in 2006.

“You just know that you have to keep going and, to be honest, it’s not so bad of you are playing well like I was today. You know you are on a roll and you actually want to keep playing to see how many shots you can pick up.

“The only thing you have to be aware of is keeping your energy levels high, but I managed to do that and finished strongly with bridies on the 14th, 16th and 17th today. I’m pleased with how it’s going this week – I felt I had been playing well enough but just not putting it all together so it’s nice to be leading a Challenge Tour event for the first time.”

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PosPlayer NameNatHolePar
1BAKER, PeterENG18-20
2MCARTHUR, AndrewSCO18-19
3DINWIDDIE, RobertENG18-18
4DEL MORAL, CarlosESP18-17
5ZAPATA, JulioARG18-16
T6VALERA, FrancisESP18-15
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