Jacquelin maintains advantage

20/03/2011 15:21:26
Raphaël Jacquelin  (Getty Images)
Raphaël Jacquelin (Getty Images)

Raphaël Jacquelin remained one ahead of Anthony Wall as the delayed final round of the Sicilian Open got underway.

The Frenchman, looking for a first European Tour title since 2007, saw his overnight lead wiped out by Wall’s birdie at the first when play resumed after a delay of two-and-a-half hours.

Dangerous weather had forced the suspension at Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA before the leaders teed off, and the lengthy delay meant at least six pairings would return on Monday to decide the winner of the €166,660 first prize.

Jacquelin responded instantly with a gain at the second to reach ten under par.

Sweden’s Joel Sjöholm, Spain’s José Manuel Lara and Wales’ Phillip Price were leading the chasing pack on seven under, while big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts set the clubhouse target at five under after a 68.

Jacquelin and Wall birdied the par five seventh, the Englishman holing from 12 feet after his playing partner splashed his third shot from the bunker to a couple of feet.

Wall then gave a shot back at the ninth, allowing Lara – who had a hattrick of birdies from the fifth before a fourth gain of the day at the tenth – into a share of second.

They were three off Jacquelin’s pace, however, as the 36 year old entered the back nine.