Sullivan leads in Abu Dhabi, impresses Clarke again

Jordan Spieth of the United States strikes the ball at the 18th fairway during the round one of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)
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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Andy Sullivan started and finished his second round with three straight birdies to take a two-shot lead in the weather-affected Abu Dhabi Championship on Friday, making another strong impression in front of European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke.

Sullivan, one of the stars of the European Tour in 2015 with three victories, won three points from three matches for Europe in its big win over Asia in the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia last week. Clarke also captained the Europeans for that event.

Sullivan and Clarke were together for the first two days in Abu Dhabi with the Englishman shooting two straight 5-under 67s to lead an all-star field.

Play was delayed Friday by nearly three hours because of fog. American amateur Bryson DeChambeau was the overnight leader on 8-under par.