Congested leaderboard in Italy

5/7/2010 9:54:00 AM
Stephen Dodd  (Getty Images)
Stephen Dodd (Getty Images)
An Englishman, a Welshman and a Scotsman made it a seven-way tie at the top of the leaderboard when the weather-delayed BMW Italian Open resumed in Turin.

A two-hour delay yesterday following days of persistent rain meant 18 players returned to the Royal Park I Roveri course to complete their opening rounds this morning.

None of those 18 were initially able to join overnight leaders Paul Lawrie, Robert Rock, Graeme Storm and Marcus Fraser, but that situation soon changed when the second round got under way.

Wales' Stephen Dodd birdied the tenth, his opening hole, to improve to five under, while Scotland's David Drysdale picked up a shot on the first to do the same.

England's Oliver Fisher had also already carded three birdies and one bogey in his opening seven holes, while former Open Championship winner Lawrie had moved into the outright lead on six under with a birdie on the 11th before dropping a shot on the 13th.

Rock, Storm and Fraser - winner of the Ballantine's Championship in Korea on his last start a fortnight ago - were all among the later starters hoping that the current light rain did not get any harder on a saturated course.

Fisher briefly broke out of the logjam with another birdie on the tenth, but dropped a shot on the 12th to fall back into a tie for the lead on five under.

The 21 year old failed to keep his European Tour card last season after finishing 125th on The Race to Dubai, but has recorded four top tens in his last five starts to effectively secure his status for next season.

Lawrie, without a win since the Wales Open in 2002, had fallen out of the lead with a bogey on the 16th, while fellow Scot Drysdale had dropped back to three under with dropped shots at the eighth and ninth.

Scoring was proving difficult and what had been a seven-way tie for the lead was now back to three - overnight leaders Fraser, Storm and Rock.

Fisher had dropped another shot on the 13th and was joined on four under par by Spain's Miguel Angel Jiménez, who had played the back nine in 35 with an eagle three on the 18th.