Madeira Islands Open: Craig Lee in front after Peter Uihlein's 59 bid fails
Last Updated: 18/05/13 11:03am
Craig Lee: One-shot lead for the Scotsman
Craig Lee holds the halfway lead at the Madeira Open after Peter Uihlein's bid for an historic 59 faltered late on.
American ace Uihlein, who only shot a 72 in round one, had roared to the top of the leaderboard after playing his first 12 holes in 10 under on the stunning mountain-top course at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra.
Second round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-9 C Lee
-8 P Uihlein (US)
-8 M Tullo (Chi)
-7 T Levet (Fra)
Click here for collated scores
It left him needing to play the final six holes in three-under to post the European Tour's first-ever sub-60 round but he came unstuck with bogeys at 15 and 16 and parred the other four holes to register a 64.
That left Uihlein a stroke behind Lee, who had earlier carded a four-under 68 in difficult conditions to post nine-under 135 after 36 holes.
The Scotsman, a Challenge Tour graduate in 2011, was forced to come off the course for an hour and 20 minutes early on his round due to fog.
But that didn't faze him as the 34 year-old added a 68 to his opening 67 to end the day in front.
"It was very tricky out there," he said. "Early doors it was pretty cold and then the fog came down and there was a delay so it was pretty hard to focus and get back into it again, but I managed to do that.
"I managed to get my distance control right with a lot of my wedge shots and that's key here so that set me up for some pretty regulation birdies so that was nice.
"It's so difficult with the wind and the cold, it's all making a difference. It's tough mentally so I'm delighted with the score."
Chile's Mark Tullo shares second with Uihlein on eight-under after a 69 while it's a further shot back to Frenchman Thomas Levet.
Six-time European Tour winner Levet produced a superb back nine which yielded an eagle at the third, his 12th hole, before finishing with four consecutive birdies.
First round leader Lloyd Saltman followed his opening 64 with a three-over 75 to slip back to eighth place - four shots off the pace.