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Dodd, Siem share 1st at KLM Open

Stephen Dodd and Marcel Siem are knotted atop the leaderboard during the suspended second round of the KLM Open.

Dodd and Siem are tied at eight-under par, but neither player finished his second round.

A three-hour, 30-minute weather stoppage Thursday, coupled with a 45-minute delay to repair four greens that fell victim to overnight vandalism, set the tournament back.

Half of the field completed the first round on Friday morning, and that same half finished round two. The other half will be back at Hilversumsche Golf Club Saturday morning to polish off the round, make the cut and get going with the third round.

With no more inclement weather, the tournament should be back on track by Saturday.

Dodd is six-under through 13 holes of his second round, while Siem, a first- round co-leader, is three-under through 11.

Shiv Kapur is the clubhouse leader after a three-under 67 left him at seven- under 133 through 36 holes.

"The driver has been behaving and I gave myself quite a few chances. Overall I just played quite solid," said Kapur, who is still looking for his first European Tour victory.

Gary Orr (66) and James Kingston (68) share fourth at six-under 134 and Simon Dyson, who shared first with Siem after the opening 18, is six-under with seven holes to go in round two.

Rory McIlroy, the reigning U.S. Open champion, fired a five-under 65 on Friday and finished at five-under 135.

"I don't feel I drove the ball particularly well," admitted the world No. 4. "There were a couple of loose shots and I got some lucky breaks."

Lee Westwood, ranked second in the world, would've been up with McIlroy, but a late three-putt bogey left him with a four-under 66 and a share of ninth at minus-four.

Dodd began on the ninth tee (due to course logistics, players start on one and nine, not the traditional one and 10), and birdied his first hole. He eagled the par-five 12th, then tallied three birdies over the last four holes of the second nine.

Dodd, 45, was eight-under for the championship and in the lead. He parred his last three and will be back Saturday to finish his round.

He's fallen to 146th on the Race to Dubai and hasn't won on the European Tour since the 2006 European Open.

Siem also isn't in the middle of a great run of golf. The German hasn't posted a top 10 in over a year, but he's playing well at the moment.

Siem also started on No. 9 and racked up two birdies in his first six holes. He bogeyed the par-four 16th to dip down to six-under par, but an eagle at the par-five 18th jumped him into a share of first with Dodd.

Oscar Floren shot a six-under 64 on Friday and is tied with McIlroy in seventh.

Simon Khan (70), Johan Edfors (70), Robert Rock (66), Rhys Davies (69), Jeppe Huldahl (69) and Mikael Lundberg (67) joined Westwood in ninth, while Richie Ramsay, Ricardo Gonzalez and Thongchai Jaidee are four-under, but have to finish their rounds.

NOTES: Defending champion and last week's runner-up to Thomas Bjorn, Martin Kaymer, will most assuredly miss the cut. He's six-over for the tournament with seven second-round holes to finish, and the cut is expected to fall at even-par...Peter Hanson, Tano Goya and Mark Tullo withdrew, while Carlos Del Moral was disqualified.

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