Meanwhile, Shiv Kapur missed the cut as he carded a 76 and 70 in his two rounds.

At the top, Alexander Levy stormed into the lead on day two with a stunning 10-under 61, but the Frenchman was one of only two groups to complete the second round after thunderstorms and heavy rain severely disrupted play, forcing the tournament to be reduced to 54 holes.

The Frenchman's sublime haul of 10 birdies to follow his first-round 63 left him three shots clear of Nicolas Colsaerts, who was four-under through 16 holes and 15-under in total after coming close to carding the first 59 in European Tour history on day one.

The majority of players will now have to complete and, for half the field, start their second rounds this morning, and Levy faces a strange situation where he will now not play until the third and final round on Sunday.

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