Madeira Islands Open: Scott Henry leads as fog again affects first round
Last Updated: 09/05/14 10:20pm
Scott Henry of Scotland plays his tee shot at the 16th during the Madeira Islands Open
Scotland's Scott Henry set the clubhouse target in the first round of the severely weather-affected Madeira Islands Open, which has been reduced to 54 holes.
Persistent fog meant no play at all was possible on Thursday and another lengthy delay due to the same problem on Friday forced tournament officials to cut the European Tour's 1,500th official event to three rounds.
A further reduction to 36 holes at Santo da Serra remains a possibility with some players having managed just one hole of their first rounds before play was suspended due to darkness at 8:17pm on Friday.
Henry had looked set for a commanding lead when he reached seven under par with two holes to play, but dropped shots on the eighth and ninth meant he had to settle for a five-under-par 67.
"I got off to a fast start which was nice because recently, in the few tournaments I've played, I haven't done that," Henry said.
"I'm quite happy just to be in the hunt. I feel like I'm playing good again so whatever happens over the weekend I'm looking forward to it."
England's Andrew Marshall, Spain's Pedro Oriol and Austria's Martin Wiegele were all safely in the clubhouse on three under, with Spain's Carlos Aguilar and Sweden's Johan Edfors another shot back following rounds of 70.
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