Martin Kaymer criticizes the European Tour’s decision to postpone play at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Emirates Golf Club was batter with strong winds on Friday, several trees were blown over just before the second round was suspended with half of the field has not complete their second rounds
Kaymer played through the winds carding a three-under 69 and join Rafa Cabrera Bello in a share of the clubhouse lead, but understandably upset with the decision to halt play.
“Hard to understand the difference between the morning play and now, therefore even more surprised about the decision,” the German posted on Twitter after his round.
— Martin Kaymer (@MKaymer59) February 3, 2017
The former US Open champion is five strokes behind leader George Coetzee, who was one-shot clear of first round pacesetter Sergio Garcia after eight holes.
Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman, who will miss the cut, wrote on Twitter: “Suspending play now is ridiculous, half the field played 36 holes in these conditions.”
Suspending play now is ridiculous, half the field played 36 holes in these conditions.
— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) February 3, 2017
The European Tour defends their choice to suspend play, citing player and spectator safety the grounds for their decision.
“Winds increased during the course of lunchtime into the early afternoon to the point where we had gusts approaching 36 miles an hour and beyond,” tournament director Mike Stewart said.
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— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 3, 2017
“We had TV towers that the roofs were blown off. We had balls moving on the greens – blew into a bunker at one stage – five trees came down, it was very unsafe and it was unplayable.
“So we brought the players off the golf course in the interests of play and safety to the spectators, as well.
“Hopefully we can get most of the third round completed tomorrow. We’ll still have a bit to conclude on Sunday and, all going well, still have a good chance of finishing on time on Sunday afternoon.”