South Africa's Hennie Otto mastered buffeting gusts that interrupted the Madeira Islands Open second round for a time on Friday to surge into a five-stroke lead.
Otto lies 10-under-par 134 after a second five-under 67. The 31-year-old, looking for a win to regain his tour card, pitched in for an eagle-two after nearly driving the 10th green.
South African Andrew McLardy took steps to benefit from a second chance to make next week's big-money Volvo Masters by taking an early share of the lead in Thursday's Mallorca Classic first round. McLardy's four-under 66 was soon matched by Ireland's Gary Murphy.
Britain's Simon Wakefield chipped in at the last hole to grab a share of the Johnnie Walker Championship third-round lead alongside Swede Fredrik Andersson-Hed on Saturday. The pair were a stroke in front of 2006 European rookie of the year Marc Warren of Britain (73).
A birdie on the final hole at Celtic Manor earned South African Richard Sterne a one-stroke Wales Open victory on Sunday. While Sterne birdied the final hole for a four-under 65 to set the 13-under 263 target, home favourite Bradley Dredge bogeyed the 18th to lose the chance of becoming the first Welshman to win his national title.
Retief Goosen wants to get his game in tip-top shape at this week's Wales Open in preparation for a tilt at a third United States Open victory. The South African missed the cut at the PGA Championship for the fourth time after carding rounds of 76 and 74 at the European Tour's flagship event last week.
Tiger Woods again struggled to transfer his imperious tournament form into the team test of the Ryder Cup on Friday, but this time managed to emerge with a point from the opening fourballs match. In the previous three Ryder Cups the world number one had lost in opening pairs play but stopped the rot on Friday when he partnered Jim Furyk.