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Golf: No cakewalk on Madeira for Sullivan.

WELSHMAN Kyron Sullivan was unable to reproduce his first-day fireworks but retained his narrow lead after the delayed second round of the Madeira Island Open.

After his blazing opening round of 64 at Santo da Serra, he was steady rather than spectacular, with three birdies and a bogey giving him a 70 for a 10-under-par halfway total of 134.

That was good enough for a one-shot lead over playing partner David Higgins, the Irishman firing a superb 66 marred only by a bogey on the 18th.

Two delays caused by low cloud on Friday meant half the field could not complete their second round on schedule.

When play resumed yesterday, Birmingham's Matthew Morris was nine under with 11 holes to play.

He bogeyed the par four second but hit straight back with an eagle-three on the next to join Sullivan on 10 under.

But two bogeys in his next three holes caused Morris to drop back to eight under with three holes to play.

Worse was to follow as he ran up a double bogey seven on the seventh and bogeyed the ninth, his final hole, as well.

From a share of the lead with six to play, Morris slumped to a 74 and a five-under total, five off the pace.

Midlander John Bickerton had earlier completed his round of 69 to join Higgins on nine under par.

Scotland's Andrew Coltart had also safely made his first halfway cut of the season - and his first in 12 events going back to the end of last year - with a round of 71.

Coltart, who recorded an albatross on the second hole of his first round, is five shots off the lead on five under
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 10, 2005
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