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Soren Kjeldsen heads the field at the Dutch Open

AFP , ZANDVOORT, THE NETHERLANDSAFP, LONDON, CANADA

Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen grabbed the clubhouse lead in the rain-hit Dutch Open on Friday after over four hours of play were lost.

Kjeldsen was on six under par after completing a second round 68 while, out on the course, Spain's Ignacio Garrido had reached eight under but still had seven holes to play when play was called off for the day at the Kennemer Golf Club.

In total, 50mm of rain fell in just 30 minutes in the morning and the lengthy delay meant that the majority of the field had to complete their second round yesterday.

Kjeldsen carded a second successive 68 for a two-round total 136 and then watched as his rivals struggled with the torrential rain, vicious winds and threats of lightning strikes.

The Dane hit a double bogey at the par five seventh but carded birdies at the tenth and 14th before an impressive eagle three at the 16th courtesy of a 10m putt.

"It was hard work out there battling the elements but I quite enjoy playing in the wind so I tried to look at the positive side of it," said Kjeldsen.

Angela Stanford fired a two-under par 70 here on Friday, matching the scores of her three nearest rivals to keep a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the LPGA Canadian Women's Open.

The US veteran, seeking her second career title, stood on 10-under par 134 after 36 holes, three strokes ahead of compatriot Cristie Kerr and South Korean Jee Young-lee and four strokes atop Canada's fourth-place Lorie Kane.

"It's never enough, never enough," Stanford said of the size of her lead.

"You can give me 10 shots right now and it wouldn't be enough. These ladies are so good and on any given day they can do what I did yesterday. I just really have to play my own game and really just try to keep making birdies," she said.

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