Heavy rain caused the second round of the Australian Open at Royal Sydney to be suspended after the course was deemed unplayable.

Australian Stephen Dartnall currently holds a two-shot lead over compatriot Mathew Goggin, runner-up at last week’s PGA, who carded 70.     

Dartnall, in the first group of the day, took advantage of the better conditions to shoot a four-under 68.   

Rod Pampling who claimed the Australian Masters a fortnight ago fired a 71 to sit on six-under overall with Robert Allenby, a shot further back and well in contention.

PGA winner and pre-tournament favourite Geoff Ogilvy turned in 34 before play was suspended, and remains in the hunt at two-under for the tournament.

Meanwhile, New Zealand duo Mark Brown and David Smail join a cluster of players at four under – one-over for the day when play was halted.    

Michael Sim also handled the difficult conditions landing an eagle and a birdie in his first eight holes, and is one of seven players at three under alongside Richard Green.  

Two-time champion Peter Lonard carded a solid two-under 70 and remains on track for a third title. 

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