A complete transformation in the weather conditions have provided Chepstow's Liam Bond with yet another piece of good news.

The St Pierre professional, ranked outside the top 1500 in the world, is the current leader of the ISPS Handa Wales Open on five under par.

And with the wind howling at the Celtic Manor, afternoon scoring is likely to prove demanding.

Ireland's Paul McGinley, a previous winner here and the European Ryder Cup captain, is a stroke behind Bond on four under with three holes to play.

Newport's Phillip Price has work to do, however, to make the weekend. He's missed eight cuts in a row and at five over par through ten holes, needs at least one birdie, if not two, to make the cut, projected at three over but liable to change to plus four.