Henry remains on top of suspended Madeira Islands Open
05/09/2014 3:11 PM
05/10/2014 1:49 PM
Madeira, Portugal (SportsNetwork.com) - Scott Henry maintained his lead of the Madeira Islands Open as the first round was again suspended on Saturday due to fog.
The tournament has struggled through consistent fog throughout the first three days of action, causing Thursday's action to be canceled without a single shot being played before darkness halted Friday's play after another fog delay lasting nearly five hours.
Play was stopped several times on Saturday prior to being called for the day, causing officials to announce the tournament will be cut to 36 holes with an 18-hole cut when the first round is finally able to be completed.
Henry was able to complete his opening round at Santo da Serra Golf Club on Friday with a 5-under 67 to claim the clubhouse lead.
Daniel Brooks and Lloyd Kennedy finalized their first rounds Saturday with matching 4-under 68s to share second place with Antonio Hortal, who was through 16 holes when play was halted.
"I have never played an event like this. This is definitely a first for me," Kennedy said about the unusual nature of the European Tour's 1,500th tournament. "It's a mental test, absolutely. I was on the tee, then back into the clubhouse and back and forth a couple of times. It's tough, but you've got to have your wits about you and if you can get your head around it there are big opportunities there."
Julien Guerrier closed out his 3-under 69 Saturday to join Andrew Marshall, Martin Wiegele and Pedro Oriol in fifth. Marshall, Wiegele and Oriol were part of the group of players to complete their rounds on Friday.
Jordi Garcia Pinto and Chris Lloyd were at 3-under through 17 and 14 holes, respectively, when play was called for the day.
Henry countered three bogeys on Friday with eight birdies to claim the clubhouse lead.
Brooks bogeyed the 17th, his eighth, on Friday to fall to 2-under moments before play was called for the day. He had earlier opened his round with three birdies over his first four holes to jump to minus-3.
Brooks resumed his round on Saturday with seven straight pars before rolling in back-to-back birdies at the seventh and eighth to move to 4-under and within a shot of the lead. He parred the ninth to remain there.
"I'm really happy with that round," Brooks said. "I made a few nice birdie putts at the start and then hit a couple of lovely shots coming in at the end for a couple of birdies."
Kennedy was also 2-under through eight holes when play was called on Friday, but he had started on the front nine and picked up shots at the first and seventh around six pars.
He returned to action Saturday with a par at the ninth, then converted a pair of birdies at the 10th and 11th to move to 4-under. He would par his final seven holes to remain a shot off the pace.
"I'm over the moon with 4-under," said Kennedy. "Hopefully I can do more of the same in the second round. I didn't drop a shot for my whole first round, which was nice. I haven't done that for a while."
Hortal had two bogeys and six birdies, including his final two holes, to earn his share of second place before play was halted.
NOTES: Kennedy is a regular on the European Challenge Tour ... Henry has missed the cut in his last three events ... Henry, Kennedy, Brooks and Hortal are all seeking their first career win on the European Tour.
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