Levy, 23, fired eight birdies and an eagle in his second
round after returning early to par the final hole of his first
round after fading light had ended the opening day's play
The 14-under mark of 130 left him well clear of unheralded
Spaniard Adrian Otaegui (66), with joint overnight leader Alvaro
Quiroz (68) in third a further shot back.
"It is a great round for me," Levy told the European Tour.
"I played unbelievably today and it's the first time I have
played like that. I really like the course and it is in great
Levy's best finish on the circuit was tied third at the BMW
championship in Germany last year but a hot putter gave the
world number 282 hope of entering the winner's circle after his
best ever round on tour.
Big-hitting Spaniard Quiros produced a mix bag on Friday,
compiling six birdies and an eagle in his round that also
featured four bogeys.
Those differing scores were matched by England's Ian Poulter who
went double bogey, triple bogey in his second round to be in the
danger of missing the halfway cut.
The Englishman, however, recovered to birdie his penultimate
hole to register a 74 to leave him at one-under for the
That was level with defending champion Brett Rumford of
Australia, who fell down the field after a 75 which left his bid
to become the first man to defend the title in ruins.
World number three Henrik Stenson was two shots better off on
three-under after a 70 on Friday after the Swede's six birdies,
two bogeys and a double bogey.
Stenson can leapfrog world number one Tiger Woods at the top of
the rankings but the American's position looks safe with the
Swede well off Levy's pace.
The cut was set at level par with U.S. PGA champion Jason Dufner
just scraping into the weekend on the button after a one-under
(Writing by Patrick Johnston; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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