Sandstorm suspends play in Oman with Dunne teetering

Bernie McGuire

A sandstorm brought with it a premature end to day two in Oman but it may prove a blessing in disguise to Paul Dunne who will look to regroup ahead of resuming his second round tomorrow.

The Greystones professional was level par on the day through 13 holes when play was halted but at two-over par for the tournament, he’s at least one shot outside the cutmark and in need of a quick start tomorrow to make the weekend’s play.
Dunne managed just two birdies and two bogeys and finds himself in a share of 83rd place and in desperate need of hitting the ground running when the tournament resumes in Muscat.
That’s in stark contrast to Gavin Moynihan who never left the clubhouse to begin round two – the Dubliner still sitting pretty at three-under par after posting a fine 69 to start on Thursday.
At the top, Joachim B. Hansen reeled in overnight leader Kurt Kitayama before the storm put paid to day two of the Oman Open.
Relatively calm conditions had allowed for some good scoring in the very early stages at Al Mouj Golf but the winds picked up, bringing sand with them, and play was suspended at 11:38.
The situation was monitored but the winds never dropped to a level where play could be resumed, and the second round will restart at 07:40 on Saturday.
Hansen had just made a smart par on the par-5 16th to stay four under for the day and six under for the week with two to play when play was suspended.
Kitayama was also at six under through 13 holes but was in trouble at the par-3 fifth, having found water off the tee just before the hooter sounded.
Only 11 players were able to complete their rounds and among them was Maximilian Kieffer, who signed for a 70 to hold the clubhouse lead at five under.

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