Matt Wallace will be aiming to continue where he left off when he resumes his second round at the Dubai Desert Classic in the morning.

The Moor Park professional was five-under-par through 10 holes when play was suspended for the day due to earlier fog and subsequent darkness, leaving him in a group on eight-under and in a tie for 14th place.

With eight holes still to play in his second round though, Wallace knows that a good finish will move him firmly into the mix at Emirates Golf Club, with Jamie Donaldson currently in the lead on 13-under having played 36 holes.

The 27-year-old came flying out of the blocks for the second day running, again birdying three of his first four holes with a four on the 10th, a two on the 11th and another four at the par five 13th. Unlike his first round though, Wallace maintained his forward momentum and went ‘out’ in a five-under-par score of 32 after a birdie three on 17 and another four on a par five at 18.

The Pinner golfer started his ‘back’ nine with a par four at the first before play was cut short for the day.

Moor Park club-mate Callum Shinkwin’s tournament is over though, after a level-par second round of 72 left him languishing near the back of the field on three-over.

The Bushey professional was always up against it after yesterday’s 75, but he responded positively to dropping a shot at the par four first with a birdie three at the second and he picked up another shot at the par four fifth.

The 24-year-old’s first round ended poorly with a bogey, double bogey finish at the eighth and ninth. And although Shinkwin started from the first and not the 10th hole today, the outcome was to be identical on holes eight and nine as he slumped to plus-five for the tournament.

Another bogey was to follow at 12, but last year’s Scottish Open runner-up ensured his second round finished in level par with birdies on all three par fives on the back nine as he started 2018 with back-to-back missed cuts.