Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood finally got moving in the second round of the KLM Open at Hilversum in the Netherlands today.
After completing level par opening rounds of 70 as the event tried to make up for time lost yesterday first to vandalism on four greens and then to flooding, the two stablemates fared much better when they set off again.
Three birdies in four holes from the 12th took world number two Westwood, winner of the title in 1999, into a share of ninth place only two behind leaders Simon Khan, James Kingston, Simon Dyson and Marcel Siem.
World number four McIlroy, meanwhile, was one stroke further back after he grabbed three birdies in four holes from the 11th.
Dyson and Siem were the overnight pacesetters, but as they waited to resume again Khan and Kingston posted first round scores of 66 and then picked up another shot when ventured back out.
Englishman Khan is only 112th on this season’s money list, but does not have to worry about a return to the qualifying school following his life-changing victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last year.
Welshman Rhys Davies, Scot Gary Orr and England’s Robert Dinwiddie were among those only one back.