The Ballantine Championship is under way after reports of a disruption from North Korea for obvious readings as mentioned in the majority of our papers. However it is the weather that has paused play in South Korea after the first day of play. Poor visibility and rain in the morning halted play for about two hours with all 78 players from the afternoon session will need to return at 7.30 am Friday morning to continue their round.
There are five players tied on 5 under par after the first round; J B Gonnet, K Pratt, J Edfors, G-W Kim and M Baldwin. Louis Oosthuizen is one off the pace after 16 until play was disrupted, but the 2010 British open champion and world number 7 looked to be a clear leader as he started with four birdies in as many holes.
The second days play is under way and the Australian Wade Ormsby is in contention for his second win in successive appearances. The Australians have been hogging the headlines throughout April and it looks like that domination is going to continue. On returning to action at the Blackstone Golf Club in South Korea since his win earlier this month, the 33-year-old secured a share of the clubhouse lead on seven-under par before fading light brought the second round to a close.
Ormsby shares the lead with Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij, who carded a second round 69 to his first round 68 which has made the final few rounds a lot more interesting. Louis Oosthuizen is yet to start his second round and is only 4 off the pace, however a 68 will see him join Ormsby at the top of the leaderboard and in a very good position going into the final two rounds.