South Africa’s Jacques Blaauw labored his approach by means of a troublesome day of wind and a climate delay and signed for a elegant 63 that earned him the clubhouse lead within the suspended second spherical of the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Membership on Friday.
Blaauw heads the sector on 13 below par, one shot away from countryman Wilco Nienaber who was additionally in a position to full his second spherical of 67 earlier than darkness fell. Play was suspended at 3.49pm due to the specter of lightning, and resumed once more at 5.40pm. The second spherical might be accomplished on Saturday morning earlier than the beginning of the third spherical.
“I’m very joyful I used to be in a position to end. I hit it very effectively all day after which made some putts. I solely made one bogey so I’m very joyful. It was very windy on the market, however I discovered it didn’t have an effect on my distances that a lot,” mentioned Blaauw, who’s looking for his maiden European Tour title after coming shut with a second-place end within the 2015 Tshwane Open.
“I can’t suppose forward as a result of there are two extra rounds to go. Golf is the job and I must get that job executed. However I’ve executed some good work within the build-up to this match and I’m very proud of the way it’s turning out.”
Blaauw’s placing particularly stood out, with taking part in accomplice Scott Jamieson declaring, “I’ve by no means seen any person putt in addition to he has for the previous two days.”
“I’ve switched to the arm-lock putter and I’m very proud of it,” mentioned Blaauw. “I’m wanting ahead to the weekend. It’s a bit completely different with out spectators, however I’m wanting ahead to it.”
Nienaber was simply as delighted to complete off his second spherical and stay in competition for this title.
“A delay isn’t good, and I had it on that a part of the course I actually didn’t need it. These final 4 holes are actually powerful, however I received by means of it. I’m joyful I completed,” he mentioned after a spherical which he held collectively regardless of not being joyful along with his tee photographs.
“Hitting fairways right here is vital and I didn’t actually do this right this moment, so I had extra par putts than birdie putts. I made it troublesome for myself. However I’m actually excited. I’ve put myself in place and I’m excited to see what occurs on the weekend.”
Canadian Aaron Cockerill is presently in third place on 10 below following his 68 within the morning, whereas Denmark’s Joachim B Hansen can be on 10 below with two holes to play. Joint first-round chief Shaun Norris is on 9 below with three holes of his second spherical to complete.
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