It looks like Andy Sullivan isn’t going to let anyone take the Portugal Masters title away from him, even the threat of inclement weather.
Sullivan fired a 4-under 67 to extend his lead to five strokes with 18 holes to go. The tournament will see a shotgun start on all 18 tees Sunday in hopes of avoiding rain that is scheduled to deluge the area for most of the day.
Sullivan overcame a pair of bogeys, his first round with more than one this week, with six birdies. At 18-under, he’s one of just six players who are double-digits under par through 54 holes.
About the only player who looks to have a legitimate shot of catching Sullivan at this point is Spain’s Eduardo De La Riva, who is 13-under following his own 3-under 68 on Friday.
The best round on the day came from England’s Chris Wood, who fired a 6-under 65 to leap from 26th to a tie for third at 11-under.
Thomas Pieters, who was three strokes behind Sullivan to start the day, fell to eight strokes behind with a 1-over 72.
Pieters was at even par through the front nine, but double-bogeyed No. 10 after birdying it in each of the first two rounds.