Dodd and Siem set pace in Netherlands

Welshman Stephen Dodd and German Marcel Siem were joint leaders after the second day’s play at the KLM Open in the Netherlands.

Welshman Stephen Dodd and German Marcel Siem were joint leaders after the second day’s play at the KLM Open in the Netherlands.

Both, though, have still to complete their second rounds as the tournament strives to make up for the time lost on Thursday – first to the vandalism on four greens and then to flooding.

Dodd, now 45 and down at 146th on this season’s money list, leapt out of the pack with four birdies and an eagle in his first 10 holes.

He will have five to play on the resumption while Siem – also a former World Cup winner – has seven to go.

On eight under par they were a shot in front of clubhouse leader Shiv Kapur, the Indian adding a 67 to his 66 earlier in the day.

Lurking just three strokes back was Rory McIlroy after he set up the possibility of a special Sunday for himself and girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

The 22-year-old Northern Irishman fired a second-round 65 today to improve from 42nd to seventh, while tennis world number one Wozniacki is two wins away from joining him as a US Open champion.

After all the rain delays in New York she will now play her semi-final against Serena Williams tomorrow, with the final being pushed back to Sunday.

World number two Lee Westwood was also in the hunt and would have matched his Ryder Cup team-mate’s 135 aggregate but for a late three-putt bogey in his 66.

McIlroy’s priority after he finished was to make sure there were no more ants on him.

His final drive ended close to an ant-hill and although he was able to move his ball away – and had a much easier shot as a result – he said: “I still feel there are some going up my legs.

“I don’t feel I drove the ball particularly well. There were a couple of loose shots and I got some lucky breaks.”

Like McIlroy, Westwood had four birdies in seven holes on the back nine, but his only gain on the outward half was a two on the short fifth and his dropped shot came two holes later.

Defending champion Martin Kaymer looks certain to miss the halfway cut. Double-bogey sixes on the sixth and seventh left him six over with seven holes remaining and he probably needed to birdie all but one of them.

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