Scott breaks record as windy weather causes tailbacks

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Adam Scott played eight holes while Michael Campbell, Retief Goosen and Peter Hanson completed 36 - but they all share the lead after a confusing second day of the Johnnie Walker Classic here yesterday.

Adam Scott played eight holes while Michael Campbell, Retief Goosen and Peter Hanson completed 36 - but they all share the lead after a confusing second day of the Johnnie Walker Classic here yesterday.

Scott finished birdie-eagle-birdie for a course record 63 in the delayed first round.

Those players who had not struck a ball in anger on Thursday due to high winds, then tried to play two rounds in one day to make up for lost time. Only 42 managed to play all 36 holes, but among them were Campbell, Goosen and Hanson, who all joined Scott at the top of the leaderboard on nine under par.

Campbell and Hanson, the winner of last week's Spanish Open, recorded superb second rounds of 65, while Goosen added a 67 to his opening 68 for a half-way total of 135.

Colin Montgomerie threatened to join the leaders after an opening 68 and four more birdies in his second round, but two late bogeys left him with a 70 on six under.

Thirty six players complete their second rounds at 6.30am today with the 78 beginning their second round at 6.45am.

"It's such a shame about Thursday, the weather was fine it was just too windy," Scott said. "The weather has spoilt a lot of good tournaments so far this year."

Montgomerie was annoyed to run up consecutive bogeys on the closing stretch of his second round, but pleased to at least finish the round and ensure a lie-in on Saturday.

"I dropped a couple of shots coming in which was a pity because I was getting a bit tired and trying to rush to get finished. But the good thing is I don't have to have another early start, that was the main objective."

Ernie Els was eight shots off the pace despite playing the last eight holes of his first round in three under to finish one under.

England's Paul Casey, winner of the TCL Classic on his visit to China a month ago, was a shot further back on level par, a stroke better off than Ryder Cup team-mate Luke Donald who could manage only a 73.

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