Doha Wind Halts 2nd round in Qatar February 03 2012

45mph gusts of wind meant less than three hours' play was possible on the second day of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters and the competition has now been reduced to 54 holes.  David Probyn,  tournament director, announced  that the sponsors did not want the event to extend into Monday and the second leg of The European Tour's Middle East swing has now been cut to 54 holes. Probyn said; "The course is still on the verge of playable, but there's no point sending the guys out for an hour or two on a marginal course. The winds will be down a notch tomorrow and decreasing during the day, while the forecast for Sunday is for much calmer conditions." Play is scheduled to resume at 8.45am tomorrow and the aim is to complete the second round by the end of the day and then stage the third round on Sunday. Fernandez-Castaño, the first round leader reported; "It was windy when we went out and I had a few birdie chances, but then I bogeyed two holes into the wind. I hope tomorrow I can take advantage of the remaining ten holes I have. I didn't have any balls moving, but certain shots you could hardly keep balanced. Being selfish I'm quite happy play was called off." Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Getty Images)Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano  (Getty Images) As things stand, John Daly is top of the leaderboard, and he has yet to even start his second round but in these conditions anything could happen, so it really is anyone's tournament. I will keep you posted.