Big-name golfers fall down the leaderboard at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Big-name golfers fall down the leaderboard at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Bryson DeChambeau hits a tee shot during the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championshipon Friday. (Ali Haider / EPA)

Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and other big names slid off the leaderboard at the weather-affected Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday, leaving American amateur Bryson DeChambeau to chase clubhouse leader Andy Sullivan in the second round.

After fog delayed the start of play by nearly three hours, Sullivan shot a second straight five-under 67 to move clear on 10 under and make another strong impression in front of his playing partner, European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke.


Spieth and McIlroy were in the marquee afternoon group, but both played erratically and were one over after 13 holes when play was suspended for the day because of darkness. Spieth was at three under and McIlroy at five under, with both struggling off the tee.

DeChambeau, the surprise first-round leader following a 64, was a shot behind Sullivan after playing nine holes in one under. Starting on No. 10, he made birdies on two of his first three holes but bogeyed No. 18 in the fading light.

Joost Luiten (68) and Rafael Cabrera-Bello (67) were in the clubhouse at seven-under 137, with the leaderboard shorn of the tournament's top players. Henrik Stenson dropped three shots in 12 holes before play was suspended to fall to four under, along with Branden Grace, who shot a 74.

The European Tour said the third round will be a two-tee start to make up for the lost time Friday.

Sullivan, one of the stars of the European Tour in 2015 with three victories, won three points from three matches for Europe in its big win over Asia in the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia last week. Clarke captained the Europeans for that event, a test run for the Ryder Cup, and has been further impressed by Sullivan's play and attitude in Abu Dhabi — this time even closer up.

The 28-year-old Englishman started and finished his second round with three straight birdies.

"Darren knows what I can do, so I don't think it was imperative (to play well here)," Sullivan said, "but it bodes well when you do."

Waldorf takes lead in Hawaii

Duffy Waldorf shot a seven-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the in the PGA Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Waldorf had a bogey-free round at Hualalai Golf Course in Hawaii to reach 12-under 132.

Davis Love III, Tom Lehman and Tom Pernice Jr. were a stroke back in the event for major champions from the last five years, other tournament winners in the last two seasons and sponsor invitees. Lehman had a 65, and Love and Pernice shot 67.

Tom Watson bettered his age of 66, shooting a 65 to join Olin Browne (66) and first-round leader Joe Durant (69) at 10 under. Love played in the PGA Tour's Hawaii events the last two weeks. The U.S. Ryder Cup captain tied for 29th at Kapalua in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and made the 36-hole cut but failed to advance to the final round in the Sony Open in Honolulu.

He won the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship in August at 51 years, 4 months, 10 days to become the third-oldest champion in tour history.