Muscat, Oman, March 1: Gaganjeet Bhullar played superbly to grab three birdies in 10 holes in deteriorating conditions in a sand storm to get to Tied-sixth midway through the second round of the Oman Open.
Relatively calm conditions in the very early stages at Al Mouj Golf gave way to tough conditions as winds picked up, bringing sand with them. Play was suspended at 11:38.
While Bhullar was battling for a position to get into contention over the weekend, Shubhankar Sharma was fighting on the cut line. He was one-over through 30 holes and was lying T-65 along with 17 others.
SSP Chawrasia was 11-over 29 holes and was certain to miss the cut, which should fall at either even or one-over.
With the winds not dropping to a playable level, play was called off and the second round will restart at 07:40 on Saturday.
Bhullar is now four-under through 28 holes and is two shots behind the leader, Joachim Hansen, who is six-under through 34 holes, and Kurt Kitayama, who is also at six-under but has five holes left. Kitayama was in trouble at the par three fifth, having found water off the tee just before the hooter sounded.
Bhullar starting from 10th birdied 12th, 14th and 15th and parred the other holes. He will return to complete his second round in morning.
Only 11 players were able to complete their rounds and among them was Maximilian Kieffer, who signed for a 70 to hold the clubhouse lead at five under.
Scott Jamieson and Yusaku Miyazato were yet to start their rounds at five under and sat a shot clear of Bhullar, Benjamin Hebert and Hugo Leon. Bhullar and Leon were three under for the day through ten and 12 holes respectively, while Hebert was two under after 14.