Frenchman Gregory Bourdy was clinging onto his lead as Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello made a charge on day three of the Lyoness Open in Austria.
Bourdy picked up two shots but saw his overnight four-stroke lead cut to two by Cabrera-Bello before the threat of thunderstorms led to a suspension of play in Atzenbrugg.
Bourdy, starting at 12 under, birdied the first and fifth in a bogey-free opening eight holes before players were taken off at the Diamond Country Club .
But just ahead of him on the course, Cabrera-Bello had started to make his move, reaching the turn in five-under 31 before the stoppage.
His electrifying start, which took him to 12 under, included an eagle two at the third and three birdies.
Cabrera-Bello’s surge took the attention from Englishman Chris Wood, who also began in superb fashion to keep the pressure right on Bourdy.
Wood, second overnight, birdied his opening three holes and, although he had been overtaken by Cabrera-Bello, was firmly in contention on 11 under.
Another Spaniard, Carlos Pigem, remained in the picture on 10 under after shooting 33 on the front nine with four birdies and a bogey.
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson was the clubhouse leader on nine-under-par 207 after shooting eight birdies in a seven-under 65. Sheffield’s Matt Fitzpatrick and France’s Gary Stal were also on nine under, after 10 and nine holes respectively, when play was halted.