Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jones leads at halfway point in smoky Sydney

Jones leads at halfway point in smoky Sydney

Sydney's air quality index registered on a par with Beijing, forcing New Zealand golfer Ryan Chisnall, who is asthmatic, to don a face mask. "It would have been better to be ahead, but I'm going to get one in front, there's still a long way to go, I'm sure the wind is going to get up the next couple of days, which will make it a little bit better. more hard".

What would normally have been a summer's stroll in the park for professional golfers, descended into a real health hazard as players complained of burning eyes, sore throats and problems breathing as they trudged around the Australian Golf Club. Obviously, we'd prefer not to wait, but that's part of golf and something that I've probably struggled with in the past, but I'm trying to improve every year.

Matt Jones, who won the flagship event on the PGA Tour of Australasia in 2015, described the conditions as some of the worst he had experienced in his career.

'Or no longer it's important to search on your golf ball have to you are on the market taking part in, where it finishes. Your eyes do burn.

Scott, Sergio Garcio and the worldwide team Presidents Cup captain Ernie Els were among the heavyweights playing on Thursday afternoon.

Former champion, club member and The Australian Golf Club specialist Matt Jones will take a one-stroke buffer into moving day having surged into the outright lead with a sizzling second six-under-par 65. "It's not fun. I hope my kids are inside in the hotel room".

World No 14 Casey, the highest-ranked player in the field, led for much of the day after a sparkling six-under-par 65.

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Playing partner Paul Casey added: "I must admit my eyes are stinging".

'It feels like I should shove a bit of salt water up my nose or something and try and rinse myself out.

"But you know I honestly feel for the people (nearer the fires), because we're feeling it down here 100 clicks (miles) away".

"I've got a lot of experience around here and I'm going to have to use that the next two days".

Golf Australia boss said Stephen Pitt promised pre-Open to regain substantial medical workers on speak at The Australian and they absolutely had their hands fat.

Former US Masters champion Sergio Garcia stroked a 70 while Mexican defending champion Abraham Ancer, another who will feature in the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, was seven off the pace on 72, the same mark as his captain Els.

Both finished strongly, with Yu rolling in back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18, the tournament's most hard holes, underlying the achievement. "It would have been better to be more in front, but I'll take one in front".

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