Bernd Wiesberger opened up a four-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard at the 2017 Shenzhen International on Friday in another round heavily disrupted by the weather.
The Austrian sits on 12 under overall ahead of Dylan Frittelli and Thorbjorn Olesen on eight under, but play had to be abandoned due to rain and lightning, with many players having only just got under way.
Thursday leader Bubba Watson had completed just five holes.
Here is the leaderboard as things stand:
|Position||Player||To Par||Friday Score|
|T4||Bubba Watson*||-7||After 5|
|T4||Gregory Bourdy*||-7||After 4|
|T7||Haydn Porteous*||-6||After 8|
As on Thursday, the conditions became untenable, with play suspended due to rain and the threat of lightning and was ultimately abandoned.
The European Tour's official Twitter feed shared a snapshot of the weather:
The European Tour @EuropeanTour
Play has been abandoned for the day due to heavy rain and lightning. #ShenzhenIntl https://t.co/LGxWxOQfEi4/21/2017, 8:19:16 AM
As such, Watson had only managed to pick up one further shot with a birdie at the second.
Friday made for a sensational day for Wiesberger, however, as he completed the final two holes of his first round—in which he picked up a birdie at the 17th to leave him on five under—before embarking on a sensational effort in his second round, which he was able to complete before play was abandoned.
The 31-year-old continued where he left off in the first round and made further gains at the 13th, 14th and 17th on his way to taking the sole lead from Frittelli.
The South African had put his nose in front with a second successive score of 68, comprised of six birdies—including a hat-trick from the ninth through the 11th—and a double bogey.
Wiesberger enjoyed an even better back nine, with birdies at the first, fourth, seventh and ninth holes helping him soar ahead of the field to 12 under.
The unblemished round was the best of the tournament thus far:
The European Tour @EuropeanTour
👏 @BWiesberger posts a 65, the lowest round of the week, to reach top spot in China. https://t.co/tFaV8sCUXw https://t.co/FNPhXySpI94/21/2017, 5:16:13 AM
Per the European Tour's official website, Wiesberger said:
I can't complain about the score today. It was a long day, I got up at 4:30 to finish a couple of holes.
I started well and picked up from the day before. I hit a drive down 17 early in the morning and got my round in of 67 so I was pleased with that and I kept going that way, driving the ball nicely and putting really well.
Like Fritelli, Olesen followed up his first-round 68 with another, a bogey at the 18th being the only error in an otherwise solid round.
The Dane took to Twitter after his round and is relishing the prospect of moving day:
Thorbjørn Olesen @Thorbjornolesen
Grinding with the short stick at the #ShenzhenIntl. Already looking forward to getting back out on this great track tomorrow 💪🏼 https://t.co/1LxLRKARPv4/21/2017, 6:05:46 AM
With many yet to finish the second round, Watson in particular, there is likely to be a great deal of movement on Saturday, perhaps before the third round even begins.
Wiesberger has a great deal of momentum, though, and he'll likely remain in contention heading into Sunday.