Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 2016: Friday Leaderboard Scores, Highlights

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2016

Andy Sullivan of England strikes the ball at the 14th fairway during the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)
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Andy Sullivan holds the lead heading into the weekend at the 2016 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after shooting five under during a weather-interrupted session on Friday that was delayed due to fog.

Thursday leader Bryson DeChambeau is one shot behind the Englishman, but he has played only nine holes of the second round. The American is one of many players not to finish their round, per the European Tour:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Play suspended for the day with 60 players still left to finish Round 2. #ADGolfChamps https://t.co/gVEchpWJGX

Rafa Cabrera-Bello shot up the leaderboard with an impressive round of five under, while Joost Luiten made strong gains with a round of four under.

Here is the top of the leaderboard after Day 2:

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship: Friday Leaderboard
#PlayerScoreHoleDay 2 Score
1Andy Sullivan-101867
2Bryson DeChambeau-99-
T3Joost Luiten-71868
T3Rafa Cabrera-Bello-71867
T3Thomas Bjorn-711-
T3Richard Bland-711-
T7Peter Hanson-61869
T7David Howell-616-
T9Matthew Fitzpatrick-51871
T9Trevor Fisher Jr-51870

The full leaderboard can be accessed at the European Tour's official website.

Friday Recap

Sullivan was out earlier than his rivals, but he wasted no time in piling on the pressure. Starting at the 10th, he kicked off his round with three consecutive birdies, including this outstanding effort at the first to pick up a shot after landing in the bunker, per the European Tour:

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Fairway bunkers don't scare Andy Sullivan. https://t.co/2mBvNobMQX

Bogeys at the 15th and fifth as well as a birdie at the first left the Englishman on just two under with three holes to play, but he finished with the same style he started with to move into the lead:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Hatrick of birdies to finish! Andy Sullivan sets the clubhouse lead at -10. #ADGolfChamps https://t.co/kjLBCHiCwN

Sullivan will be among the players hoping to impress Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, and the pair enjoyed each other's company as they made their way around the course:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Sullivan on Ryder Cup: "Darren knows what I'm capable of. He's been giving me jip on the way around today. The banter's been really good."

DeChambeau made a similarly promising start, narrowing the two-shot deficit to one on the first hole:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

One hole played. One birdie made. DeChambeau now just one back of Sullivan. https://t.co/XiIsP38lhG https://t.co/fFGVMv8BqY

On the third, the amateur birdied again to pull level:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

It took Bryson DeChambeau just three holes to tie the lead again. https://t.co/DT7AvfNzac

The 22-year-old was unable to build on his strong start, though, as he made five pars and then a bogey on his ninth and final hole.

Justin Ray of the Golf Channel added an interesting tidbit on what a win for DeChambeau would mean:

Justin Ray @JustinRayGC

Since inception of World Rankings in 1986, no amateur has won any tournament worldwide with the world no 1 in field. DeChambeau is 1 back.

Meanwhile, the likes of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will be glad the day was cut short as they were enduring rounds to forget.

The world No.1 dropped shots at the fourth and fifth, and he was lucky not to do so at the ninth:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Wow. Man's backside keeps @JordanSpieth's ball in play. https://t.co/foL12Ivrjc

Spieth was able to birdie the 10th, but he will need to seriously improve to climb up the leaderboard with just five holes to play in the second round.

McIlroy fared no better, as he was unable to muster a single birdie in his 13 holes. The European Tour highlighted their struggles:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Just 4 combined birdies for these guys today McIlroy -5 (T-9th) Fowler -5 (T-9th) Spieth -3 (T-26th) #ADGolfChamps https://t.co/nFA7j9Yedr

Rickie Fowler hit three birdies, but McIlroy and Spieth need to regroup if they're to catch Sullivan out in front. The former in particular is far from out of it at five shots behind, but a difficult and intriguing weekend awaits for both of them.

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