Levy's record 62 leads in China; Poulter errs
The second course-record 62 of the week among the ranks of top pros came at the European Tour's China Open when Alexander Levy of France posted that number at Genzon GC in Shenzen.
Levy carded eight birdies and an eagle in matching the feat achieved by Ben Martin on the PGA Tour half a day earlier. The Frenchman took a four-shot lead over Adrian Otaegui, with Alvaro Quiros another shot back in third.
“I played really well and made a lot of putts to make the lowest score of my career; I shot 63 at Kingsbarns during the Dunhill Links in Scotland last year, but this course is a lot tougher and I am only starting to realize how good that score is," Levy said. “I played the right strategy today and I just have to try to do that over the next couple of days. . . .
“I just tried to play one shot at a time. I didn’t realize how good the score was to be honest because I was focused on playing shot by shot."
Ian Poulter lost five shots to par in two holes during his back nine Friday when he double-bogeyed No. 12, then triple-bogeyed No. 13 with a penalty for an illegal drop. His 2-over 74 dropped him to 1 under and T-40, and had him criticizing himself publicly on Twitter.
I didn't think it would be difficult to drop a golf ball, but today I managed to make a complete $€$%^#¥= arse of it. Basic Rules. #Nobhead— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) April 25, 2014
Poulter went on to make light of the situation by offering prizes for the best cartoon tweeted about his miscue.
Also flirting with disaster Friday was reigning PGA Championship victor Jason Dufner, who made the cut on the number at even par and T-51, while reigning FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai dual champion Henrik Stenson shot 70 to get to T-20 at 3 under.