Poulter leads as wild weather stops play in Turkey

Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:46am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

BELEK Turkey (Reuters) - Britain's Ian Poulter was leading the field by three strokes when a thunderstorm caused play to be abandoned for the day midway through the second round of the $7 million Turkish Airlines Open on Friday.

Poulter, chasing his first victory of the season, was 13-under-par through 14 holes when lashing rain and high winds sent the players scurrying off the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course at 1204 local time.

The 38-year-old Englishman started the round one behind Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez but a run of six birdies, and a solitary bogey at the 12th, meant he surged three strokes ahead of Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge who had played 13 holes.

Australian Wade Ormsby (16 holes) and American Brooks Koepka (15) were sharing third spot on nine-under.

Poulter said the weather was fine for much of the round before it turned in dramatic fashion.

"All of a sudden we had a wind switch around the 11th hole and it started to change the course," he told reporters.

"I think all of us were hoping the electricity was going to come in pretty quick because I don't think any of us wanted to be on the course in a 30-mph wind."

There was a moment when the wind and rain relented enough for the players to venture on to the practice range before the bad weather returned.   Continued...

Ian Poulter of Britain hits the ball on the eighth hole during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai November 8, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song