Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson share second-round HSBC lead
Published Saturday, November 8, 2008 12:52PM EST
SHANGHAI, China -- Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson each sank putts on the final hole Saturday to reach 10-under and shared the lead after two-rounds of the rain-plagued HSBC Champions tournament.
All play was washed out on Friday, and light rain delayed the start three hours on Saturday. As a result, the tournament will be completed on Monday. Organizers are hoping the leaders can play about 27 holes on Sunday, leaving a 9-hole finish on Monday.
The first-round leader, Stenson rolled in a 20-foot putt on 18 for a 3-under 69. Playing in the same group, Garcia tapped in a two-foot putt for his birdie and a 68.
Two other players were a shot behind in the US$5 million tournament -- Geoff Ogilvy (65) and Englishman Oliver Wilson (68). Phil Mickelson (70) and Graeme McDowell (65) of Northern Ireland were another shot back.
Ogilvy does not mind playing on Monday. His only win this season came on a Monday in the CA Championship in Miami, a World Golf Championships event.
"If you're still playing and in contention, then playing on a Monday -- it's no big deal," said Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion.
Ogilvy was among a handful of leaders who started the third round on Saturday. He played two holes and dropped a shot. He said being asked to squeeze in more play was "a bit annoying."
"That's always frustrating," he added. "But it is what it is. You want to play four rounds if you can."
Cutting the tournament to 54 holes and finishing on Sunday was a possibility, but it would have created poor publicity for an event that is billing itself as "Asia's major." Only one European tour event this season was cut from 72 to 54 holes because of weather problems.
"This tournament is of global significance so, of course, we should play to a finish," Garcia said.
The weather forecast for the next several days is good.
The HSBC field includes 10 of the world's top-20 ranked players. There are suggestions the tournament could become one of three World Golf Championships events. All three events are now played in the United States.
However, that may require scheduling it earlier in the year when the weather is better.