VILAMOURA, Portugal – Alexander Levy will start the final day of the Portugal Masters with a three-shot lead after the rest of the field failed to catch the Frenchman while finishing a rain-hit second round on Saturday.
Levy was one of a small group to finish the second round on Friday as scheduled, taking the lead with a round of 10-under 61 before rain forced play to be suspended and the event was reduced to 54 holes.
More thundershowers, which included a threat of lightning, and a water-logged course delayed play again on Saturday at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Club.
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, whose opening round of 60 came one shot shy of a European Tour record, is in second place after hitting 4-under 67 to finally finish the second round.
“It’s always difficult to follow a really low score, but I’m quite happy with the way I played on the back nine coming in,” said Colsaerts.
“As I showed yesterday and today, if you get off rhythm a little bit and you don’t fully take advantage of the course, others will make up ground.”
Felipe Aguilar of Chile is five strokes back in third after carding a second round of 7-under 64 on the strength of eight birdies to go with one bogey.
Romain Wattel, Richard Bland and Morten Orum Madsen are joint fourth at seven shots off the pace.