Saudi International R2

Fox beats fading light to take Saudi lead

February 04-07
Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia
$3,500,000
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Saudi International 2021 R2 - Fox beats fading light to take Saudi lead
Ryan Fox (Getty Images)


Ryan Fox posted his second consecutive round of 65 after just beating the fading light to lead the weather-affected second round of the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers.


“It’s been a really solid couple days of ball-striking, and I saw a few putts go in both days, which was nice. To be sitting near the top of this leaderboard is always a good thing. It’s a pretty strong field this week.”

The New Zealander was among the afternoon starters whose rounds suffered a two hour delay due to a rare bout of rain and lightning at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, but he carded six birdies when play eventually got back underway. He dropped his only shot of the day on the last hole, but made it safely back into the impressive clubhouse on ten under par just before darkness fell.



“I think we got very, very lucky with the draw. Obviously, no wind yesterday morning and showers that went through with the thunderstorms, and when we came back out, it was pretty much perfect. You don’t often get two days of no wind around here, and it was nice to take advantage of that. And, you know, you get the bad side of the draw enough times, it’s nice to get the good side every now and again.

“As long as I can make my flight on Sunday to make sure I get back into New Zealand, this is what you play golf for, to be in contention. And it’s been a while since I’ve been in this position. And I’ll just go out and enjoy it on the weekend and see if I can keep playing how I’m playing. I know if I do, I’ve got a good chance on Sunday.”


Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher will resume his second round also on that mark, with the Ryder Cup player facing six more holes to play on Saturday. He posted three birdies and one bogey on his front nine and three straight pars after the turn.

England’s Andy Sullivan (66) and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger (68) are two shots back on eight under par along with Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult and World Number One Dustin Johnson who have two and four holes remaining respectively. Johnson carded back-to-back birdies just before the suspension to keep on course to extend his impressive record in the event, having won the inaugural edition in 2019 and finished runner up 12 months ago.

Ryder Cup player Tommy Fleetwood (65) and Scotland Callum Hill (68) are in the clubhouse on seven under par, with former World Number One Justin Rose, overnight leader David Horsey and France’s Victor Perez all set to resume their rounds on Saturday also three shots off the pace.

Saudi International 2021 R2 - Fox beats fading light to take Saudi lead
Ian Poulter & Viktor Hovland (Getty Images)



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Meanwhile , Norway’s Viktor Hovland once again underlined his Ryder Cup credentials in the presence of one of Europe’s legendary players, Ian Poulter, carding a four under par 66 to move to six under.

Hovland’s first Ryder Cup memory was watching Poulter’s iconic performance at Medinah in 2012 and the 23 year old played alongside the Englishman, who is on four under par, and former Masters Champion Danny Willett in the first two rounds at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club. In total, 16 groups will complete their second rounds on Saturday morning. 

“I had a very nice start, birdieing the first hole and made another one a couple holes later and just gave myself really good chances early on. So I was in very good control of my game. And then the wind starting picking up and it started raining a little bit.



“The course played a lot longer, and you know, it was kind of a grind on a couple holes but I kind of managed to just hit it to 20, 25 feet a lot, and you’re just going to two-putt a lot of those putts. So it was pretty solid, but need to get it a little closer tomorrow for some more birdies.

“It was awesome (playing with Ian). He’s obviously a very passionate guy, and it’s cool to see that passion come out, even though it’s not a Ryder Cup. I could just kind of picture him and even Danny Willett in kind of that environment. I’d love to maybe be in the same setting some day.”




Pos. Player
To Par
Hole
Today
R1
R2
Total
T1 Ryan Fox
-10
F
-5
65
65
130
T1 Stephen Gallacher
-10
12
-2
62
62
T3 Andy Sullivan
-8
F
-4
66
66
132
T3 Bernd Wiesberger
-8
F
-2
64
68
132
T3 Marcus Kinhult
-8
16
-3
65
65
T3 Dustin Johnson
-8
14
-5
67
67
T7 Tommy Fleetwood
-7
F
-5
68
65
133
T7 Calum Hill
-7
F
-2
65
68
133
T7 Justin Rose
-7
15
-5
68
68
T7 Victor Perez
-7
13
-4
67
67
T7 David Horsey
-7
12
2
61
61
T12 Laurie Canter
-6
F
-2
66
68
134
T12 Viktor Hovland
-6
F
-4
68
66
134
T12 Antoine Rozner
-6
F
-3
67
67
134
T12 Tony Finau
-6
16
-4
68
68
T12 Tyrrell Hatton
-6
14
-3
67
67
T12 Joost Luiten
-6
14
-3
67
67
T12 Kevin Na
-6
13
-5
69
69
T19 Phil Mickelson
-5
F
-3
68
67
135
T19 Guido Migliozzi
-5
F
-3
68
67
135
T19 Chris Paisley
-5
F
-3
68
67
135
T19 Steven Brown
-5
14
-3
68
68
T19 Martin Kaymer
-5
13
-2
67
67
T24 George Coetzee
-4
F
E
66
70
136
T24 Romain Langasque
-4
F
-3
69
67
136
T24 Thomas Pieters
-4
F
1
65
71
136
T24 Ian Poulter
-4
F
-1
67
69
136
T24 Julian Suri
-4
F
-3
69
67
136
T24 Sergio Garcia
-4
17
-4
70
70
T24 Kurt Kitayama
-4
16
-1
67
67
T24 Bryson DeChambeau
-4
14
1
65
65
T24 Lee Westwood
-4
14
-1
67
67
T24 Ashun Wu
-4
14
-2
68
68
T24 Mikko Korhonen
-4
12
E
66
66
T24 Thomas Detry
-4
11
-1
67
67
T36 Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-3
F
-1
68
69
137
T36 Paul Casey
-3
F
-2
69
68
137
T36 Masahiro Kawamura
-3
F
1
66
71
137
T36 Jason Kokrak
-3
F
-3
70
67
137
T36 Matthew Southgate
-3
F
-3
70
67
137
T36 Shane Lowry
-3
17
-3
70
70
T36 Justin Walters
-3
13
-1
68
68
T36 Joachim B. Hansen
-3
12
-3
70
70
T36 Jhonattan Vegas
-3
12
1
66
66
T36 Søren Kjeldsen
-3
11
-2
69
69
T46 Rafa Cabrera Bello
-2
F
-1
69
69
138
T46 Justin Harding
-2
F
E
68
70
138
T46 Takumi Kanaya
-2
F
1
67
71
138
T46 Wilco Nienaber
-2
F
-3
71
67
138
T46 Fabrizio Zanotti
-2
13
2
66
66
T46 Ross McGowan
-2
11
E
68
68
T52 Jamie Donaldson
-1
F
-3
72
67
139
T52 Ross Fisher
-1
F
E
69
70
139
T52 Rasmus Højgaard
-1
F
-1
70
69
139
T52 Jazz Janewattananond
-1
F
E
69
70
139
T52 Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-1
F
E
69
70
139
T52 Robert MacIntyre
-1
F
-2
71
68
139
T52 Patrick Reed
-1
F
E
69
70
139
T52 Cormac Sharvin
-1
F
-1
70
69
139
T52 Danny Willett
-1
F
2
67
72
139
T52 Brandon Stone
-1
13
-1
70
70
T52 Julien Guerrier
-1
11
-1
70
70
T63 Abraham Ancer
E
F
-1
71
69
140
T63 Kiradech Aphibarnrat
E
F
-3
73
67
140
T63 Dean Burmester
E
F
1
69
71
140
T63 Sean Crocker
E
F
2
68
72
140
T63 Victor Dubuisson
E
F
-1
71
69
140
T63 Pablo Larrazabal
E
F
1
69
71
140
T63 David Law
E
F
E
70
70
140
T63 Graeme McDowell
E
F
E
70
70
140
T63 James Morrison
E
F
3
67
73
140
T63 Wade Ormsby
E
F
-1
71
69
140
T63 Matthias Schwab
E
F
2
68
72
140
T63 Oliver Wilson
E
F
2
68
72
140
T63 Jeff Winther
E
F
3
67
73
140
T63 Chris Wood
E
16
-3
73
73
T63 Maximilian Kieffer
E
12
-1
71
71
T63 Matthieu Pavon
E
11
2
68
68
T79 Scott Hend
1
F
E
71
70
141
T79 Lucas Herbert
1
F
1
70
71
141
T79 Haotong Li
1
F
6
65
76
141
T79 David Lipsky
1
F
1
70
71
141
T79 Edoardo Molinari
1
F
-2
73
68
141
T79 Kalle Samooja
1
F
2
69
72
141
T79 Joel Stalter
1
F
2
69
72
141
T79 Min Woo Lee
1
15
2
69
69
T79 Matt Wallace
1
15
-2
73
73
T79 Francesco Laporta
1
13
1
70
70
T79 Jorge Campillo
1
12
2
69
69
T79 Shubhankar Sharma
1
12
2
69
69
T79 Jordan Smith
1
12
E
71
71
T79 Richard Sterne
1
12
2
69
69
T79 Haydn Porteous
1
11
1
70
70
T79 Harry Hall
1
10
1
70
70
T95 Garrick Higgo
2
F
2
70
72
142
T95 Ignacio Elvira Mijares
2
13
1
71
71
T95 Shergo Al Kurdi (a)
2
11
3
69
69
T95 David Howell
2
11
1
71
71
T99 Adri Arnaus
3
F
4
69
74
143
T99 Alexander Björk
3
F
1
72
71
143
T99 John Catlin
3
F
4
69
74
143
T99 Gavin Kyle Green
3
F
2
71
72
143
T99 Miguel Angel Jiménez
3
F
1
72
71
143
T99 Andrew Johnston
3
F
3
70
73
143
T99 Zander Lombard
3
F
1
72
71
143
T99 Adrian Otaegui
3
F
5
68
75
143
T99 Aaron Rai
3
F
4
69
74
143
T99 Jason Scrivener
3
F
-2
75
68
143
T99 Kristoffer Broberg
3
16
3
70
70
T110 Grant Forrest
4
F
5
69
75
144
T110 Scott Jamieson
4
F
E
74
70
144
T110 Alexander Levy
4
F
3
71
73
144
T110 Richie Ramsay
4
F
1
73
71
144
T110 Paul Waring
4
F
3
71
73
144
T110 Benjamin Hebert
4
16
3
71
71
T116 Nino Bertasio
5
F
E
75
70
145
T116 Thomas Bjørn
5
F
1
74
71
145
T116 David Drysdale
5
F
5
70
75
145
T116 Ernie Els
5
F
1
74
71
145
T116 Alvaro Quiros
5
11
4
71
71
T121 Ashley Chesters
6
F
6
70
76
146
T121 Lorenzo Gagli
6
F
5
71
75
146
T121 Eduard Rousaud (a)
6
F
4
72
74
146
T121 Henrik Stenson
6
F
4
72
74
146
T121 Paul Dunne
6
10
3
73
73
T126 Othman Almulla
7
F
6
71
76
147
T126 Renato Paratore
7
F
5
72
75
147
T126 Tapio Pulkkanen
7
F
4
73
74
147
T126 Sami Valimaki
7
F
4
73
74
147
T126 Sebastian Soderberg
7
11
4
73
73
T131 Oliver Fisher
8
F
6
72
76
148
T131 Jayden Schaper
8
F
4
74
74
148
133 Richard McEvoy
11
F
8
73
78
151
T134 Andrea Pavan
13
F
9
74
79
153
T134 Marc Warren
13
F
9
74
79
153
T136 Saud Al Sharif
18
F
8
80
78
158
T136 Faisal Salhab (a)
18
F
11
77
81
158
DISQ Raphael Jacquelin
6
16
E
76
76