Magnificent Levy takes charge of European Open


Alexander Levy produced a masterclass on a weather-affected day two of the European Open to open up a commanding six-shot lead.

The Frenchman took charge with a magnificent showing at the Golf Resort Bad Griesbach on Friday, carding a nine-under 62 in his first round to move to the top of the leaderboard after two delays due to fog.

Eyeing his first title for two years, Levy carried on where he left off in his second round, moving on to 17 under before play was suspended due to bad light with just one hole still to play in Bavaria.

Levy has not dropped a solitary shot in the tournament so far and followed up three birdies in a row at the end of the first round with another three on the bounce at the start of his second to send out a clear message to his rivals.

Home favourite Martin Kaymer is one of three players in a share of second place after making strides in his second round.

Kaymer, who will tee off for Europe in the Ryder Cup next week, was four under at the end of his first round, but made five gains on the front nine in his second and an eighth of the round at his penultimate hole when the horn sounded due to the light.

Ross Fisher went close to a hole-in-one as he opened up with a 65 and came up with another five birdies in a second round in which he still has three holes to complete.

Robert Karlsson is also six shots off the pace courtesy of a sparkling second round that saw him deliver eight birdies and a eagle-three at the third, needing only 50 shots to get through 15 holes.

Phillip Price made the 36th hole-in-one of the season at the 195-yard par-three 14th, with a host of players finally set to start their second round on Saturday.