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Brad Kennedy

Kennedy Leads as Weather Disrupts Play in Madeira
Australian Brad Kennedy continues to set the pace in the Madeira Island Open although his four stroke lead was reduced to one by Englandís Jamie Spence before low cloud and heavy rain caused play to be abandoned for the day.

Kennedy, who completed an opening 62, ten under par, earlier in the day, picked up another stroke to move to 11 under par after the nine holes he played before the weather deteriorated at 13.45 GMT. No further play was possible and play was eventually called off for the day at 16.30 GMT.

Spence, who also had to finish his first round early in the morning, made four birdies in the 12 holes he was able to play of his second round to advance to ten under par.

Knud Storgaard at the 2004 Madeira Island Open
Only 18 players were able to complete their second rounds, including Dane Knud Storgaard, who shot a five under par 67 to hold the clubhouse lead on 136, eight under par.

Storgaard, possibly the most well educated member of The European Tour with a Masters degree in Nuclear Physics, missed much of the second half of last year suffering from testicular cancer. Happily he conquered the disease and is back playing on The European Tour in 2004.

American Rob Rashell, whose claim to fame is the fact that he has the same birthday as Tiger Woods, also made good progress, picking up five shots in 12 holes to move alongside Storgaard on eight under par.

The second round will resume at 8am. The third round will be played as three balls from two tees, not starting before 15.00 GMT.


Courtesy of www.europeantour.com  

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