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Friday, 19 March 2010
Ballantine's Championship - Round Two  (Getty Images)
Ballantine's Championship - Round Two (Getty Images)

Robert-Jan Derksen of The Netherlands was the player to shine in testing conditions as he established a two shot halfway lead at the Ballantine's Championship on Korea's Jeju Island.

Derksen was one of the few able to tame the much changed conditions from day one, though he too found it tough at times, such as when he fired a double bogey at the fourth to cost him an even bigger advantage.

That shot and a further bogey aside, Derksen managed six birdies to end the round on a three under 69, moving him onto nine under overall.

He explained: "It was a difficult day. It didn't start too difficult, I would say the first eight holes were okay. It wasn't that windy but then it picked up from 18 till my ninth. It was tough.

"I guess it's difficult for everybody. But to be in the lead after two days, or at least close to the lead or whatever happens, it's always a good starting point."

Few other players in the afternoon round were making up much ground on the leaders, leaving Derksen two shots ahead of Thongchai Jaidee (71) and Kang Wook-soon (69) who moved up to seven under in the morning to remain in the frame.

Pablo Martin, the first amateur to win a European Tour event when he came first in Estoril in 2007, repeated his opening round of 69 to move up to six under and join a three way tie for third with Mark Brown and Italy’s Alessandro Tadini (71).

Overall, however, scores were a lot lower than the opening day due to the inclement weather.

New Zealand's Brown hit four bogeys in his last five holes to miss out on a share of the overnight lead. 

Brown, who shared an overnight lead with Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño on seven under after the first round, had shot two birdies and no bogeys after 13 holes on the second day at the Pinx Golf Club.

However, as the rain fell in the afternoon Brown struggled to cope with the conditions, holing a bogey on the 14th, pulling it back with a birdie straight after, but then hitting three bogeys in a row on his final holes to finish on one over 73 for the day and fall back to six under overall.

A number of players struggled to cope as the weather turned from light breezes and clear skies to strong, blustery wind and heavy showers.

World Number Nine Henrik Stenson and three time Major winner Ernie Els, who had warned the weather would make it a different course, had their totals of four under cut to two under after rounds of 74 today.

“I left about four or five shots out there on the greens. It was difficult keeping your balance, basically," said Els.

"It feels like we are back in Scotland. It's windy, cold.

"We knew the weather was coming. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow - maybe we'll have another good day, who knows?

"Hopefully I'll be here for the weekend and we can start grinding something out."

Ironically enough, one of the players most enjoying the adverse weather conditions was England's aptly-named Graeme Storm, who after carding a score of 72 under blue skies yesterday matched the day's best score with a four under 68.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T1FDEZ-CASTAÑO, GonzaloESP18-4
T1JAIDEE, ThongchaiTHA18-4
T1KANG, Sung-hoonKOR18-4
T4ELS, ErnieRSA18-2
T4DERKSEN, Robert-JanNED18-2
T4BENSON, SeveENG18-2
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