It never rains but it pours in Monza

The Herald - Herald Sport - - RUGBY UNION, GOLF -

HEAVY rain and thun­der­storms con­tin­ued to af­fect the Ital­ian Open with only four play­ers able to com­plete their sec­ond rounds at Golf Club Mi­lano, in Monza.

Dis­rup­tions on Thurs­day meant many of the field had to re­turn to fin­ish their first rounds yes­ter­day, but with down­pours flood­ing the course in the af­ter­noon organisers again made the de­ci­sion to aban­don play for the day.

It left Eng­land’s Chris Pais­ley top of the leader­board on 10 un­der after reach­ing five un­der for his round through 13 holes.

That was one bet­ter than Masters cham­pion Danny Wil­lett, who was a shot ahead of the club­house leader Richard Green who did man­age to fin­ish his sec­ond round after card­ing a 66 to reach eight un­der along­side French­man Alexan­der Levy (16 holes) and Chris Han­son (12 holes).

Richie Ram­say, at two un­der for the day and six-un­der over­all after 17, shared the lead­ing Scot spot with Scott Jamieson (10 holes). Marc War­ren is two shots be­hind them after 16.

“We’re very for­tu­nate to have got two rounds done,” Green said. The guys who haven’t even gone out yet have cer­tainly got a raw deal, but that’s just the way it goes some­times. The course was al­ready pretty wet and this rain is only go­ing to make mat­ters worse, so I feel a bit for the guys.

“It was flat calm out there this morn­ing and this af­ter­noon the con­di­tions were again perfect, apart from when the rain moved in on the fi­nal hole. But you still have to make the most of your luck, and I man­aged to do that to­day.”

Play will restart at 7.30am lo­cal time to­day.

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