Sep 20th, 2020
Three-way tie at weather delayed Open de Portugal
Home favourite Vitor Lopes one of group in joint lead
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Lopes reached the summit after round one with his lowest ever European Tour round of 65, and he followed that up with a round of 71, birdieing the last to sit at eight-under-par when he completed his second round on Saturday afternoon following lengthy delays due to thunderstorms and high winds on Friday.
That was enough for the 24-year-old to match the eight-under-par clubhouse target set by Englishman Wilson, who followed up a first round 69 with a five-under 67 on day two around the Seve Ballesteros-designed course at Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort.
“I had to catch up from the lost shots on the previous day with the hurricane we got here. Kept my emotions quite well. Had a bad bounce for two bogies on the back nine but I feel good with the birdie on the last hole and that puts me in the lead. " said Lopes
“It was tough sitting down, you don't know what to expect, but we are doing our job, we are here to play, and that's what I did. "
Wilson’s compatriot Kimsey finished with back-to-back birdies to equal his 67 and make it a three-way tie at the summit, while Welshman Jamie Donaldson eagled the last to sit one off the lead at seven-under-par.
Portugal’s Pep Angles recorded the lowest second round score - a six-under-par 66 - to finish at six-under-par, alongside Garrick Higgo of South Africa, Spain's Carlos Pigem and Finn Roope Kakko.
Sweden’s Christofer Blomstrand then joined them with a bogey and four birdies in his opening six holes when the third round got under way. With bogeys for Pigem on the second and third, and American Chase Hanna and England’s Ashton Turner both going one-under through their first three holes, it was a six-way tie for fifth place when play was suspended due to fading light.
The third round resumed Sunday morning.