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Alexander Levy leads delayed European Open

Levy quite a lead at this stage (Photo: Getty Images )
Alexander Levy stormed six shots clear at the Porsche European Open after a superlative display of golf in Germany - where he was forced to play 26 holes in one day due to delays but carded a total of 13 birdies in that time to soar to a 17 under total, with one hole of his second round left to play.

Persistent fog in the morning meant further play stoppages in the historic event, but the Frenchman made hay while the overnight leader after day one, Bernd Wiesberger – on the other side of the draw - went the whole day without playing a single hole.

Levy teed off his second round just one hour after signing for a first round 62 midway through day two, and his momentum never faltered as he started with three birdies before picking up five more shots to reach the eighth, his 17th, in eight under before the klaxons were sounded due to darkness.

Three players of huge experience led the chasing pack on 11 under - home favourite and Ryder Cup player Martin Kaymer was seven under through 17, Robert Karlsson is threatening the magic number of 59  (albeit with preferred lies) as he is nine under through 15 on the par 71 course, while the Swede’s playing partner Ross Fisher is five under with three to play.

Those players that were still out on the course when play was halted overnight will resume their own second rounds at 8:00am local time. Wiesberger, meanwhile, will have a mountain to climb to reclaim the lead when the Austrian tees off his second round on Saturday.

 “It was really good, said Levy. “I said this morning that I just wanted to have fun and enjoy and play my golf. That is what I did today and now it's really nice. I enjoy the time with my caddie on the golf course. I played well and it is always good to be in a position like that.

“I finished my round well this morning with two birdies in the last two holes and started with three birdies on the first three holes. I think I'm in a good way and I just need to enjoy it and to do my best to do my job.

“It's very nice, I don't just think about playing well, I think about having fun. I don't like to think about [the tournament possibly being shortened]. I just want to win the tournament with the four rounds. When I play like today, you just enjoy it. That's all you can do.”

Of the Australians in the field, Jason Scrivener is best placed at 10 under par and in a share of 5th place with eight holes still to play of round two.

Richard Green is three shots further back with just two holes to play while other Australians including Scott Hend are outside the cut line at this stage.

 

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