Christiaan Bezuidenhout maintained his push for back-to-back victories on the Sunshine Tour and European Tourâ€™s South African Swing, but he still has company at the top of the South African Open leaderboard going into the weekend at the Gary Player Country Club.
Bezuidenhout signed for a second consecutive 67 on Friday to climb to 10 under par at the halfway stage of this tournament. While he managed to break free of the six-way tie for the lead he shared after day one, Welshman Jamie Donaldson went with Bezuidenhout and also came through the second round at 10 under par following a sublime 63.
They are two strokes clear of Dean Burmester and Dylan Frittelli, who posted rounds of 69 and 68 respectively.
But Bezuidenhout has shown no signs of a loss of momentum following his victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship last week, and seems in perfect control of his game at this point.
â€œIâ€™m very pleased. I missed a few makeable putts on the par fives and a few short putts which hurt a bit, but no damage was done. I was controlled and solid today, and Iâ€™m very pleased to be at -10 at the halfway mark. You have to have good course management around here and Iâ€™ve had a good gameplan for this week. Iâ€™m not going to change anything,â€ he said.
Donaldson made the biggest move with his round of 63 and is equally excited about the prospect of contending on the weekend on a golf course he enjoys.
â€œThis is a great country and I really enjoy playing this golf course. Youâ€™ve got to hit fairways here. If you hit it in the rough itâ€™s so much harder to get the right distance into the greens. I hit a lot of tee shots in play and my iron shots were very close to the flags, and then I was able to capitalise on that with good putts. I must have holed four or five 20-foot putts. So all in all it was a very good day.â€
Behind them, Frittelli in particular is also exactly where he planned to be at the start of this tournament.
â€œI said at the start if I can be within two or three shots going into the final nine holes, I feel l’ll have a chance. Iâ€™m within two of the lead so thatâ€™s perfect for the weekend.â€