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Last Updated: Friday, 8 April, 2005, 20:56 GMT 21:56 UK
Britons lead at rain-hit Augusta
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    DAY TWO LEADERBOARD
    Luke Donald
    -5 D Howell (Eng) (after eight holes), L Donald (Eng) (2) , C DiMarco (US) (1)
    -4 V Singh (Fij)
    -3 M Hensby (Aus) (7), S Appleby (Aus)
    -2 K Triplett (US) (8), P Mickelson (US)
    Others:
    Level I Poulter (Eng) (4), R Goosen (SA) (3), D Clarke (NIre) (1)
    +2 P Harrington (Ire) (3), T Woods (US) (1)
    +3 E Els (SA)
    England's Luke Donald and David Howell and American Chris DiMarco led at five under when round two of the Masters was abandoned for bad weather at Augusta.

    Play was halted at 1740 (all times BST) due to thunderstorms and eventually scrapped for the day at 2100.

    Debutant Howell had been on a charge, firing five birdies in his first seven holes after starting from the 10th.

    Organisers said play would resume at 1330 BST on Saturday, with 15 players yet to tee off in round two.

    "It looks very good for the weekend," said Will Nicholson, chairman of the competition committee.

    "But this has been a crazy year."

    World number one Vijay Singh was alone on four under after ending his first round with a 68 - his best opening round at Augusta National in 12 appearances.

    Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a two-under 70, triple champion Tiger Woods carded a first-round 74, and Ernie Els took 75.

    DiMarco led by one shot overnight after bad light stopped play following more than five hours of inaction due to heavy rain.

    This course can bite you back
    Luke Donald

    He was on four under after 14 holes and edged to a five-under 67 before the finish before parring the first and only hole of his second round.

    "We've got a long way to go but I've given myself a really good chance here," said 36-year-old DiMarco.

    "I've felt comfortable every year I've been here and I like the golf course. It sets up good for me."

    Donald, who trailed DiMarco by one with four holes of his first round left on Friday, carded a 68 and crept to five under with a birdie on the second hole of his second round.

    "It's a great start, but nothing more than that," said the Augusta debutant after his first round.

    I was steady - very steady
    Ian Poulter

    "I'm very happy with how I'm playing, but this course can bite you back."

    Howell, who carded a level-par 72 in his first round, said: "My expectations weren't that great at the start of this week because I haven't been playing very well over here.

    "But as soon as you start hitting it well, then you start expecting to score well. I am delighted to have played 26 holes so nicely today."

    Australians Mark Hensby and Stuart Appleby were locked on three under, the former after seven level-par holes of his second round, and Appleby after a first-round 69.

    American Kirk Triplett was also enjoying himself before play was called off as he romped through the first eight holes of his second round in five under to join Mickelson at two under for the tournament.

    Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke all matched Howell's opening 72.

    "I was steady - very steady," said Poulter afterwards.

    "I kept it on the right side of the hole. The more times you play the more you know about the course.

    "I'm right in there and very happy. There were some tricky pins."

    Harrington, though, had a double-bogey six on the 11th to drop to two over after three holes of his second round.

    Former GB&I Walker Cup star Graeme McDowell, who slumped to an opening 79 on his debut on Friday, added another bogey for eight over after four.

    Former champion Sandy Lyle came in with a 74 and Sergio Garcia handed in a five-over 77.

    Lee Westwood struggled to a 78 and was joined on six over early in the second round by six-time winner Jack Nicklaus, Jose Maria Olazabal, Tom Watson and Paul Casey, who got one shot back with a birdie on the 13th.





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