Sergio Garcia carded a sublime, seven-under-par 64 to move within touching distance of a third Andalucia Valderrama Masters title.
"Every time you win is special, and every time you have a chance of winning is special", Garcia, the tournament victor past year and in 2011, said.
The Ryder Cup record-breaker restored his four-stroke cushion when he drained a tricky downhill putt for his third birdie of the day at the long 17th, and he closed with a cast-iron par to win his 34th professional title.
Leader - and host - Garcia only managed to play seven holes before organisers halted the action, the Spaniard having picked up a shot at the fourth before immediately handing it back at the next hole.
But a bogey at the 13th saw him drop back to 10 under, and with a charging Lowry notching three birdies in a row from the 10th hole, his lead was down to one shot.Читайте также: EU's Barnier plays down 'backstop' checks on Northern Irish trade
"Every time you win is special, and every time you have a chance of winning is special", Garcia said.
While Lowry ran up a double bogey at the 15th, Garcia added birdies at the 14th and 17th to give himself a cushion playing the last.
After four hours were lost to stormy conditions on Thursday, two further delays yesterday meant half the field, including Chesters - who is five-under after a first round 66, one shot ahead of Scot Marc Warren and France's Gregory Bourdy - and defending champion Sergio Garcia, had yet to begin their second rounds.
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