Saudi International: Stephen Gallacher joint leader after weather-affected day two

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Stephen Gallacher on day two of the Saudi International
-10 S Gallacher (Sco), R Fox (NZ); -8 A Sullivan (Eng), B Wiesberger (Aut), M Kinhult (Swe), D Johnson (US); -7 C Hill (Sco), T Fleetwood (Eng), J Rose (Eng), V Perez (Fra), D Horsey (Eng)
Selected others: -4 I Poulter (Eng), B DeChambeau (US), L Westwood (Eng); -3 S Lowry (Ire), P Casey (Eng), P Mickelson (US); Level G McDowell (NI)

Scotsman Stephen Gallacher is the joint leader of the Saudi International with six holes to play of his rain-delayed second round at Royal Greens.

The 46-year-old made three birdies on day two – which was affected by rare heavy rain – and is 10 under alongside New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, who shot 65.

England’s Andy Sullivan matched his first round of 66 to lie joint third.

Masters champion Dustin Johnson, the world number one, is also eight under with four holes remaining of his round.

“To be sitting near the top of this leaderboard is always a good thing. It’s a pretty strong field this week,” said Fox, 34.

“I’m very happy. It’s been a really solid couple of days of ball striking and I saw a few putts go in both days, which was nice.”

Having equalled the course record of 61 on day one, England’s David Horsey made consecutive bogeys on the 13th and 14th to finish day two joint fourth on seven under with six holes to play.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood is on the same total after he chose to complete the 18th after play was suspended – only to find water with his second shot and make his only bogey of the day.

US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau of the United States plus England’s Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are four under with last week’s winner in Dubai Paul Casey and five-time major champion Phil Mickelson a shot further back.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell – the winner here last year – is level par.

Players have faced criticism for participating in the Saudi International due to criticism from human rights groups who believe sport is being used by the country to bury their human rights record.

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