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Scotland’s Craig Lee leads Madeira Islands Open

May 17, 2013

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) — Scotland’s Craig Lee took a one-stroke lead over American Peter Uihlein and Chile’s Mark Tullo on Friday during the suspended second round of the Madeira Islands Open.

Lee shot a 4-under 68 to reach 9-under 135 at Santo da Serra Golf Club.

Uihlein, the former Oklahoma State star who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur, settled for a 64 after playing the first 12 holes in 10 under with an eagle and eight birdies. He bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16.

“It was really fun,” said Uihlein, the youngest son of Acushnet chief executive Wally Uihlein. “I hit it well, I putted well and the first 12 holes were pretty special. It was just drawing out perfect. You have a game plan and you just execute it and that’s all it was in those first 12 holes.

“There were some really hard holes on the way in and it got very cold at the end so I’m glad to be done. Today I just tried to put a little more focus on my scoring clubs and really put the ball in the right spot on the greens. ... I never really thought about the 59 to be honest, because I knew the holes coming in were tough but it was a really good day.”

Tullo had a 69. France’s Thomas Levet was fourth at 7 under after a 67.

Fog delayed play for 1½ hours and the round was suspended because of darkness.

“It was very tricky out there,” Lee said. “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.”

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