Scott Jamieson (12/1 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2022 outright) remains one-shot clear at the top of the leaderboard following a difficult second round at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
On day one, the 38-year-old went round in 63 to hold a one-shot advantage over Viktor Hovland (5/2 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2022 outright), but conditions made life much more difficult on Friday.
The Scot fired a battling 74 to stay one stroke ahead of the Norwegian, who matched his score in round two, while James Morrison (20/1 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2022 outright) and Ian Poulter (7/1) edged up the leaderboard to join Hovland on six-under.
Morrison was unable to finish his round as the wind eventually forced play to be halted, completing just 14 holes, and the Englishman will return at 07:30 on Saturday.
Jamieson, who has one victory on the DP World Tour to his name, admitted that it was an extremely testing day at Yas Links in Abu Dhabi but felt he performed to the best of his ability.
“It certainly wasn’t easy,” he said. “It’s so tricky, obviously, hitting shots is tricky with all the gusts, but the hardest thing is putting. You get over the ball, and you feel like you’ve got to be so tense to stop everything moving, but that’s the worst thing you can do when you’re trying to putt.
“I holed a lot of really good putts from inside five feet today, which kept my score respectable.
“It’s a great test from tee to green if you want to call it a test, at the mercy of whatever gust you might or might not get. You play for some wind sometimes and don’t get it – and when your ball defies gravity and goes up slopes at times.
“Pretty happy with two over par today.”
Alexander Bjork (16/1 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2022 outright), Takumi Kanaya (16/1), Shane Lowry (11/2) and Thomas Pieters (9/1) all managed to complete their rounds and sit in a four-way tie for fifth on five-under.