Friday, 25 April 2014
Wind halts the second round of the Challenge de Catalunya   (Getty Images)
Wind halts the second round of the Challenge de Catalunya (Getty Images)

Strong winds hampered the second round of the Challenge de Catalunya on the European Challenge Tour, with players forced off the course early on Friday morning at Lumine Golf & Beach Club before play was eventually suspended for the day.

Little progress was possible in the second round, with officials calling a halt to play at 9.50am after the wind rendered the course unplayable.  

With the early groups not even making it to the turn and first round leader Joakim Mikkelsen scheduled to have been among the afternoon starters, the limited play meant there was little impact on the leaderboard, with only Englishman George Woolgar making strides following a birdie on the second of the three holes he completed.

That moved him up to five under par, three shots behind Norwegian Mikkelsen who set a blistering pace on Thursday with a course record first round of eight under par 63.  

Mikkelsen is a shot clear of Frenchman Adrien Saddier, who also did not get his second round under way, with American Connor Arendell a further shot back.  

With the wind showing no signs of abating, the decision was taken at 12.55pm to cancel play for the rest of the day. The second round will resume on Saturday morning at 9am, with the afternoon groups teeing off between 12.20pm and 2.20pm.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1HORTAL, AntonioESP18-14
2SHINKWIN, CallumENG18-11
T3JOHNSTON, AndrewENG18-9
T3ARENDELL, ConnorUSA18-9
T5FORD, MattENG18-8
T5BOUNIOL, CyrilFRA18-8
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