SIMON Dyson faced a desert backlog as his second round in the Abu Dhabi Championships was pitched into darkness.

The North Yorkshire golf ace was well positioned in the second round in which he was three under par after 15 holes – making him four under for the tournament after an opening round 71 – only to find play suspended.

He was having to complete the remaining three holes this morning in the bid to make further inroads on the leaderboard and before embarking on the third round later on today.

The Malton and Norton Golf Club ace began his second round on the tenth hole, which he parred, followed by three successive birdies.

He bogeyed the next hole and then steadied himself with a run of pars and another birdie on the second hole.

One of the later starters, Dyson was among a quarter of the field still to complete the second round, where leaders were New Zealand’s Richard Green and Briton Graeme Storm, both on 11-under.