Nathan Kimsey and Andrew Wilson joined home favourite Vitor Lopes at the top of the Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos leaderboard, with the third round of the weather-affected tournament set to resume on Sunday morning.
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.
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 of the third round. 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 the third round was suspended due to fading light on Saturday evening.
The third round will resume at 8.15 am on Sunday morning.