Booooo! Play Suspended in Doha
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Paul Lawrie against a backdrop of swirling dust.

High winds have forced a suspension of play at the *sharp intake of breath* Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy.

Tournament orgnanisers called a halt to proceedings a little under three hours into Friday’s second round after strong crosswinds bearing sand from the surrounding desert forced a sharp deterioration in playing conditions.

The player most relieved to have been withdrawn from the course was likely overnight leader Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño. Two-over-par for his opening seven holes, the Spaniard had begun a seemingly inexorable slide down the leaderboard in the hour immediately preceding the cessation of play.

In addition to ceding his position as frontrunner to John Daly, who had yet to take to the course after carding a five-under-par 67 in yesterday’s opening round, the five-time European Tour winner had fallen into a tie for second place with Australia’s Jason Day.

Conor Nagle