Julien Guerrier holds a commanding five shot lead at the halfway stage of the 2020 Portugal Masters after adding a second round 66 to Thursday’s spotless round of 62.
The Frenchman played some tremendous iron shots and putted well to make seven birdies and just two bogeys in blustery morning conditions at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, setting a testing clubhouse target of 14 under par.
The afternoon starters could not get anywhere near Guerrier’s total, handing him the largest 36 hole lead of the 2020 Race to Dubai so far.
“I’m feeling great. It looks easy but it’s not. After you shoot nine under it’s always tough to make a good score, so I’m really happy to play well. I just try to hit the fairways and hit the greens. I’m feeling good on the greens, so I think it’s easier when you are confident around the ball,” said Guerrier.
“In Valderrama (last week) it was really tough so that was more about fighting spirit. After the injury you try to get a good level and find your mark on your game under pressure so it’s perfect for me to play on the weekend.”
American Sihwan Kim is Guerrier’s closest challenger on nine under par after he reeled off five birdies in his last six holes to post a 66.
First round leader Liam Johnston of Scotland saw a different side to the Vilamoura course on Friday, carding a three over par round of 74 after his opening 61 to sit in a nine-way tie for third place alongside Guerrier’s countrymen Antoine Rozner and Adrien Saddier, English pair Matthew Jordan and Marcus Armitage, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe, South African Wilco Nienaber, Adrian Meronk of Poland and Dane Martin Simonsen.