Date: April 25, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Derksen rains supreme

Leader Robert-Jan Derksen is praying for the bad weather to continue over the final two rounds of the Ballantine&aposs Championship. Derksen was one of the few golfers able to tame the conditions at the Pinx Golf Club on Korea&aposs Jeju Island, as the weather turned from light breezes and clear skies on Thursday to strong, blustery winds on Friday morning and heavy rain showers in the afternoon. He too found it tough at times, however, such as when he fired a double-bogey at the fourth to cost him an even bigger advantage. Those shots and a further bogey aside, Derksen managed six birdies to end the round with a three-under 69, moving him onto nine-under overall. New Zealand&aposs Mark Brown hit four bogeys in his last five holes to miss out on a share of the overnight lead. Brown, who shared the first-round lead with Spain&aposs Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano on seven-under, had shot two birdies and no bogeys after 13 holes on the second day to join Derksen on nine-under. However, as the heavens opened in the afternoon, Brown struggled to cope with the conditions, suffering a bogey on the 14th, pulling it back with a birdie straight afterwards, but then hitting three bogeys in a row on his final holes to finish on one-over 73 for the day and six-under overall. Scott Barr and Andrew Dodt are leading the Australian charge two shots behind Brown at four-under. Brett Rumford and Rick Kulacz are also in the hunt at three-under and two-under respectively. Few other players in the afternoon round were making up much ground on the leaders, leaving Derksen two shots ahead of Thongchai Jaidee (71) and Kang Wook-Soon (69) who moved up to seven under in the morning to remain in the frame. Pablo Martin, the first amateur to win a European Tour event when he came first in Estoril in 2007, repeated his round of 69 on Thursday to move up to six-under and join a three-way tie for third with Brown and Alessandro Tadini (71). Overall, however, scores were a lot worse than the first round due to the weather. One of the major casualties was last year&aposs winner Graeme McDowell, who after a round of 76 had begun to claw his way back with two birdies in his first 10 holes. But as the rain grew heavier McDowell carded bogeys on the 14th, 17th and 18th to finish one over for the day, and missed the cut by four shots at five over overall. World No.9 Henrik Stenson and three-time major winner Ernie Els, who had warned the weather would make it a different course to play, had their totals of four-under cut to two-under after rounds of 74. Second Round of the Ballantine s Championship -9: Robert-Jan Derksen 66 69 -7: Thongchai Jaidee 66 71, Wook-Soon Kang 68 69 -6: Mark Brown (New Zealand) 65 73, Pablo Martin 69 69, Alessandro Tadini 67 71 -5: Seve Benson 69 70, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 65 74, Branden Grace 69 70, Kyung-Nam Kang 66 73, Wen-Hong Lin 69 70, Mardan Mamat 69 70 -4: Scott Barr (Australia) 68 72, Rafael Cabrera-Bello 68 72, Robert Dinwiddie 67 73, Andrew Dodt (Australia) 72 68, Sung-Hoon Kang 69 71, Hyung-Tae Kim 68 72, Chih-Bing Lam 68 72, Seung-Yul Noh 71 69, Graeme Storm 72 68 Also: -3: Brett Rumford (Australia) 68 73 -2: Rick Kulacz (Australia) 71 71 -1: Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 75 68 +1: Marcus Fraser (Australia) 70 75, Andrew Tschudin (Australia)