Fox takes surprise lead at Saudi International By Reuters

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(Reuters) – New Zealander Ryan Fox scored a consecutive five-under 65 card to take part of the lead in a rain-stricken second round at the Saudi International on Friday. More than two hours of play were lost due to wet conditions at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, and several late starters had the majority of their last nine to complete on Saturday morning. But Fox completed his round in low light, sinking six birdies and a bogey on his last hole to sit at 10 under total. Scotsman Stephen Gallacher was also 10 under par and completed 12 holes, two strokes clear of a group that included world number one Dustin Johnson. Johnson, who loaded an opening round of 67, moved up the leaderboard with five birdies from his 14 holes completed on day two. Englishman Tommy Fleetwood took a shot on the last hole to finish with a 65. He is three strokes behind the leader alongside former world number one Justin Rose, Scotsman Calum Hill and Frenchman Victor Pérez. Five-time Major League Baseball winner Phil Mickelson scored a solid 67 to stay in contention at five-under, a stroke ahead of current US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who has four holes to play in his second round. . Fox, whose only European Tour title came at the 2019 ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, said he is not intimidated by the pedigree of the chasing group. “I don’t know how many of the world’s top 50 are here this week, but there are a lot of them,” said the 34-year-old. “And there is a reason they are there, they are world class players, and I certainly hope to be there one day.” If I can play well this week then it is a step forward in that direction. If not, it‘s a good experience and a good ending to my Desert Swing because I really don’t know when I’ll be back here. ”The second round action will resume at 7.30am local time (0430 GMT) on Saturday.

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