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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 18:43 GMT 19:43 UK
Casey on course
MADRID OPEN LEADERBOARD
Paul Casey is 13 under but did not complete his second round
-13 Paul Casey (GB) after 15 holes
-9 Peter Fowler (Aus) Paul Lawrie (GB) Stephen Gallacher (GB)
-8 Marten Olander (Swe) Nick O'Hern (Aus)
Selected others:
-7 Sergio Garcia (Spa)
-6 Lee Westwood (GB)
+2 Nick Faldo (GB)

Round to be completed Saturday

Paul Casey maintained his good form at the Madrid Open, although he was unable to complete his second round on Friday.

The Englishman added a further five birdies to his opening 63 to move him to 13 under, four clear, but he still had three holes left when play ended.

A two-hour delay caused by overnight frost had earlier set the tournament's schedule back at Club del Campo.

The leaders in the clubhouse are Scots Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher, and Australia's Peter Fowler.

Gallacher missed equalling the lowest round of his European Tour career today by incurring a bizarre one-shot penalty.

Putting for par from three feet at the 467-yard 13th the 28-year-old clipped his ball while making a practice stroke.

He said: "It moved only about a quarter of an inch.

"But I remembered Davis Love doing the same (at the 1997 Players' Championship) and he was disqualified for not replacing the ball.

"It's a thing you never expect you're going to do - but I'll never do it again. From now on I'm going to take my practice stroke about three feet away."

Sandy Lyle

On the next hole Gallacher did not have to putt at all, holing from a bunker for an eagle three.

Earlier, fellow Scot Sandy Lyle pulled out after four holes of his second round, feeling unwell.

His first-round 77 had already virtually ended his hopes of the top-nine finish he needed to retain his European Tour card after 25 years.

Spanish star Sergio Garcia, second overnight, twice missed from under three feet as he remained seven under with a 71.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington, twice a winner on the Club de Campo course, double-bogeyed the 12th en route to a 73 to finish four under.

Nick Faldo was another unable to finish and at two over after 13 could need two birdies to survive the cut.

Seve Ballesteros crashed out on eight over.





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