Purcell and McGee looking up leaderboard after weather-affected second day in Óbidos

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Ruaidhri McGee (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Conor Purcell and Ruaidhri McGee lead the Irish charge at the Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos after a weather-affected second day in Vau Óbidos.

McGee is the leading local player in the clubhouse following a three-under 69 in his second round took him up to two-under-par for the tournament, and he was joined on that score by Purcell at the close of play.

However, unlike Derry man McGee, Portmarnock’s Purcell is yet to finish his round, playing his first 16 holes in level-par to remain two-under-par when play was suspended due to darkness after a morning delay for fog.

Play will resume at 8:30am local time on Saturday, with the third round not starting before 11:30am.

Purcell will resume five shots off leaders Stuart Manley and Nathan Kimsey who, by a twist of fate, are sharing a room this week and are also tied for the lead at seven-under-par after rounds of 65 and 68.

Welshman Manley was bogey-free in his second round, which consisted of seven birdies, with England’s Kimsey joining him following five birdies and one bogey in his second round, with their lead just one shot over Jesper Svensson and Jeong weon Ko.

Gavin Moynihan is in for the weekend as he reached the halfway stage at one-under-par thanks to a second round 72, but a late triple-bogey at the par-three eighth from Gary Hurley ruined a potentially excellent round and has him left sweating as he sits right on the cut line at level-par after a 70.

The same goes for Holywood’s Tom McKibbin, only he can do something about it himself as he has eight holes of his second round still to complete. He sits level-par at two-under for his second round following two birdies and eight pars.

Kinsale’s John Murphy is guaranteed to miss the cut as he signed for a one-over 73 to finish the tournament four-over-par, which has him in 109th.

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