DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Jason Day and David Lynn took advantage of calmer conditions Saturday to take the early clubhouse lead in the second round of the wind-shortened Qatar Masters, one shot ahead of a quintet that included third-ranked Lee Westwood.
Day was two shots off the lead after the first day and struggled with his driver on Saturday, but finished with his second birdie of the day for an even-par 72 that put him at 4-under 140. Lynn joined him in the lead by making three birdies in a bogey-free 69.
Westwood (70) was tied with four Spaniards: Rafael Cabrera-Bello (69), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (75), Pablo Larrazabal (70) and Carlos Del Moral (70).
The tournament has been disrupted all week by wind that forced organizers to call off play Friday and reduce the event to 54 holes. Dozens of players, including Day and Lynn, were forced to stop their rounds after gusts of up to 35 mph moved balls and tossed around signs. Conditions improved Saturday, but it remained windy.
Lynn is looking for his second win on the European Tour and said he was just relieved to have gotten through a difficult first round and be in the mix heading into Sunday. He said the opening round was like playing in a "sand storm" and he was lucky to get a break early Friday when the wind died down for a bit and he was able to make a couple of birdies before play was suspended.
"I was just hanging on really, played another 4½ holes in really strong wind before they blew the siren, and then went out and finished again this morning, which it was still a nice little breeze there, just to make you think about your shots," Lynn said. "And nice to finish pretty solid."
The 10th-ranked Day started slowly when he three-putted on his eighth for a bogey, but he did just enough to keep a share of the lead with two birdies on his back nine to go along with another bogey.
"I think I was just a little flat today. I came out and I had a very quick three-putt on 17 and out of nowhere really, and just had a few loose drives," said the 23-year-old Australian, who showed his potential by finishing second at the 2011 U.S. Open.
Several big names failed to make the cut, led by Hunter Mahan of the United States, who finished at 5-over 149 after poor putting led to four bogeys on his back nine. Ross Fisher, Robert Karlsson and Fredrik Andersson Hed also missed the cut.
Mahan, who made a 17,000-mile detour to play in the Middle East for the first time, struggled in the windy conditions from the start and never recovered from an opening-round 74.
"I played awful today," Mahan said. "It just didn't happen today. I'm going to go home and I've got three more tournaments coming up and I've got to get ready for them."
Defending champion Thomas Bjorn is still in the tournament, however, after overcoming his opening-round 79 with a 65 on Saturday. Bjorn was on the verge of missing the cut when he bogeyed his 11th to go 5 over, but then he ran off five birdies on his last seven holes.
"I had to keep pressure on myself to keep making those birdies. It was nice to hole the one on the last," Bjorn said. "I wanted to go out and put in a professional performance because these rounds are the ones that build you for the future."
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