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Players unhappy with Volvo Masters scheduling

Players unhappy with Volvo Masters scheduling

The four Order of Merit contenders were far from pleased over the scheduling Saturday at the Volvo Masters after the 57-man field finally completed the rain-delayed second round.
Only three players finished on Friday before torrential rain forced organizers to suspend play. With officials looking to get at least 54 holes in with rain still falling Saturday and expected for Sunday, players couldn't understand why officials waited to redraw pairings rather than send players out straight away after their completed second rounds.
"I don't know why we didn't play for the four hours this morning. I could have been at the safari with my kids this afternoon, I would have been finished by three o'clock," said Order of Merit contender Padraig Harrington, who had to wait more than four hours to tee off for his third round.
"Now they are faced with the situation where they have both nines in play and everybody is out on the golf course."
Harrington, who needs a top-two finish to secure the European tour money title, was 2 over through 11 holes _ six shots behind second-place Lee Westwood, also an Order of Merit contender _ before play was suspended for the second straight day.
Westwood, who trails co-leaders Soren Kjeldsen and Sergio Garcia by one shot, can clinch his second Order of Merit title with a victory at the season-ending event.
Karlsson, who can become the first Swede to lift the Harry Vardon trophy with a victory at Valdarrama, said Friday's conditions were not unplayable but still "ridiculous."
"We were just made to look like fools," said Karlsson, who dropped to 28th at 6 over. "But you can't really criticize. As long as we're out there then it's up to us to keep playing."
Miguel Angel Jimenez blasted officials Friday after starting with a disastrous 7 over after four holes that would eventually leave the Order of Merit longshot 14 behind the leaders.
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DATE WITH A DOCTOR: Lee Westwood is hoping the weather holds so that the Volvo Masters can wrap up on Sunday as the Englishman has a surgery appointment to make the next day.
Westwood, who needs a top-two finish to have any chance of winning his second Order of Merit trophy, will have his tonsils removed on Monday after 15 to 20 attacks of tonsillitis in the past three years. He said he had been forced to pull out of three tournaments as a result.
The 35-year-old Westwood, among a group of three players to trail leader Soren Kjeldsen by two shots, was already looking forward to the recovery process.
"That'll do me, ice cream and jelly and all that," he said.
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ROSE PULLS OUT: Justin Rose withdrew from the HSBC Champions event on Saturday, a day after his grandfather Donald died.
The 28-year-old Rose pulled out from the Volvo Masters on Friday to fly to South Africa to be with his family. He then decided to skip the Nov. 6-9 event at Shanghai.
Rose, who won at Valdarrama last year to take the Order of Merit title, had been last in the 57-man field after failing to break 80 in successive rounds for the first time in his career.


Updated : 2021-10-20 12:01 GMT+08:00