SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Padraig Harrington was unable to close
the gap in his bid for the Order of Merit on Friday before heavy
rain cut short the second round of the Volvo Masters.
Only three players in the 57-man field finished play, which will
resume Saturday. Showers are expected through Sunday at the $5.37
million season finale. Twelve golfers were unable to tee off.
Harrington was at 5 over after 32 holes while Order of Merit
long shot Miguel Angel Jimenez had a poor start to the second round
and was at 7 over after four holes to fall 15 shots behind
Kjeldsen. Karlsson was at 1 over after four holes.
"I think we should not have played," Jimenez said. "The
conditions were brutal when we stopped playing. It might be unfair
that today's round has not been canceled as we may not all be
playing under the same conditions tomorrow, and conditions must be
the same for everybody."
This is the 21st and final edition of the European tour's
season-ending event, which will switch to Dubai beginning in 2009.
Officials said Valderrama's fast-draining course allowed the
field to start Friday, but the damage was done when two weather
fronts hung over the Spanish coast rather than moving past as
"This is a very, very difficult course as we've seen over the
years, and it's not designed to be played in a sort of 25
miles-per-hour wind with lashing rain. It was a very brutal day,"
European Tour director of operations David Garland said. "[But] I
would say that the golf course was playable this morning,"
Harrington can win his second Order of Merit title in three
years with a victory, as long as Karlsson finishing no higher than
third. A runner-up spot would be enough for Harrington if Karlsson
is sixth or worse.
Westwood needs a victory with Karlsson outside the top three to
take his second Order of Merit title and first in eight years.
Karlsson can become the first Swede to win the Harry Vardon
trophy. He dropped a shot at the par-5 fourth for the second
straight day and was 3 over before his day ended.
Jimenez needs victory to have any chance in the four-way race.
Defending champion Justin Rose pulled out after shooting an 81
for a two-day total of 19-over 161. The Englishman, last year's
Order of Merit winner, flew to South Africa to be with his family
following the death of his grandfather.