With adverse weather over the weekend threatening to curtail the tournament for the second year in succession, the jovial Englishman is in pole position to claim his third European Tour title of the season after moving to 14 under par.
“It’s always nice to back up a good score with another one,” said Sullivan. “Sometimes it’s quite tough to go out there and do it again, but I played much in the same vein as I did yesterday. I felt really confident out there, attacked the flags again and putted with heart again. So it was difficult not to shoot a good a score, the way I was hitting it and putting it.”
Sullivan’s closest challenger at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course is Belgian Thomas Pieters, who climbed to 11 under par courtesy of a round of 66. Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, currently seventh in The Race to Dubai, shares third place on ten under par alongside Eduardo De La Riva after the duo carded respective rounds of 64 and 67.
Former winner Richard Green heads the Australians at 4 under although ten shots from the lead with Jason Scrivener just one shot further back and Daniel Gaunt just making the cut on the cut score of 1 under.
Due to the adverse weather forecast for Saturday afternoon, the tournament organisers have agreed to begin the third round at 8am with a ‘shotgun start’. Heavy rain, high winds and even possible thunderstorms are predicted to arrive in Vilamoura from Saturday lunchtime, giving organisers no option other than to bring forward the tee times and start all players at the same time. The only other time there has been a shotgun start during an official European Tour event was the final round of the 1994 Czech Open.
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