Thorbjorn Olesen raced into a three-shot lead on a second day of the Lyoness Open in Austria that ended early due to bad weather.
The 22-year-old Dane, who won the Sicilian Open in April for his first European Tour title, added a 68 to his opening 64 for a 12-under-par halfway total of 132.
He has three shots to spare over Thomas Levet of France and is a best-priced 5/6 favourite with Paddy Power
to lift the trophy at the Diamond Club in Atzenbrugg on Saturday.
Olesen performed well in last week’s Open championship at Royal Lytham and played alongside Tiger Woods in the third round before ultimately finishing ninth.
Levet, who failed to qualify for the Open but still attended the event and followed compatriot Raphael Jacquelin around the course in the first round, followed his 65 with a 70 to be nine under.
The former Ryder Cup player, who broke his leg when jumping into the lake following his 2011 French Open triumph, is 8/1 to win this tournament.
However, many players have still to complete their second rounds after play was suspended because of heavy rain and the threat of lightning.
Among them was Pablo Larrazabal, who matched Olesen’s 64 in the first round but was two over par for the day after the front nine when the hooter sounded.
The Spaniard was now six shots off the pace and his odds for the title had drifted to 8/1.
One man who will be disappointed to have been called off the course is England’s Oliver Wilson, the former Ryder Cup player having birdied two of his first four holes to be six under par and moving nicely into contention.