Friday, 19 March 2010
England's John Hawksworth, playing his first tournament since the Tour School last November, shot a course record equalling 64 to jump to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway mark of the Tusker Kenya Open in Nairobi.

The Lytham St Anne's-based 37 year old shares the lead on 10-under-par 132 with Dutchman Maarten Lafeber, who carded a second successive 66. They are a shot in front of Scotland's Ross Bain, who carded a 65, and two in front of overnight leader Iain Pyman, who returned a 69.

Hawksworth made a supurb start from the 10th tee with an eagle-three at the 538-yard hole, hitting driver, 4-iron to four feet and holing the putt. He then birdied the 16th and 18th to be out in 31 and collected three more birdies in an inward 33.

"I've putted great over the last two days," he said. "I had 25 putts in round one and 28 today. It's down to my caddie, a local lad, who reads the greens so well. But I've also been driving the ball straight to give myself a lot of chances."

Hawksworth, who was a team-mate of Colin Montgomerie in the 1985 Walker Cup, hasn't played since the Tour School in Spain because he's been looking after his partner Kamini following a riding accident. She had a fall and the horse trampled on her back. But she has made a full recovery, which has allow John back on the fairways.

Unlike Hawksworth, Lafeber, the 24-year-old from Eindhoven, made a poor start with bogeys at the first and second holes. But he recovered with two birdies and an eagle to be out in 34 while he was back in 32 with four more birdies and another bogey.

Bain, who was in the last match out, kept a bogey off his card but rolled in six birdies to climb within a shot of the lead on 133.

The cut came at one-under-par 141 with 65 players including two Kenyan amateurs safely through to the weekend.

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