The rest of the field finally got on the course Saturday for their second rounds, but nobody came close to catching France’s Andrew Levy.
With the Portugal Masters cut to three rounds due to bad weather, Levy’s 18-under is still the mark to beat. Only two players will enter Sunday within five strokes of the lead: Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, who is at 15-under and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar, who is 13-under after a 7-under 64 on Saturday.
Ranked 28th in the Race to Dubai, it will be Levy’s tournament to lose on Sunday. Through two full rounds, he has shot two of the best three rounds of any golfer in the field.
Aguilar was the star on Saturday – he would have been within a stroke of Colsaerts. For a second straight round, he was dynamic on the back nine, hitting five birdies between No. 11 and 18. Sitting 65th in the Race to Dubai standings, Sunday could be a huge financial windfall for him, both long and short term.
Eleven players are at least 10 strokes under par, which technically puts them all in theoretical contention of catching Levy. France’s Romain Wattel, Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen and England’s Richard Bland are all tied for fourth at 11-under.
The biggest disappointment on the day was Scotland’s Scott Jamieson, who shot a 2-under 69 after his opening-round 63 to drop from second to tied for seventh at 10-under.
The player-friendly course saw the cut set at 3-under. Twelve players currently in the Race to Dubai’s top 60 missed the cut, including No. 17 Mikko Ilonen.