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Friday, 19 March 2010

South African Warren Abery and England's Iain Pyman have shot themselves into contention at the Joburg Open.

Durban based Abery's bogey free round of 65 - the best of the day so far - saw him join compatriot Mark Murless on seven under par at the top of the leaderboard at lunchtime on day two of The European Tour event.

Despite more rain at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, which delayed the start by an hour, Pyman also showed admirable consistency.

The 34 year old matched the three under par 68 he shot yesterday, to move into a tie for third place.

Pyman was joined on six under par by Sweden's Magnus A Carlsson, who birdied five of the opening nine holes on the West Course this morning.

The duo were followed by a quartet of players on five under par, including local favourites Louis Moolman, Charl Coetzee and André Cruse.

After two birdies in his opening six holes Swede Joachim Bäckström also leapt into a share of fith place, but yesterday's co-leader Tyrone Ferreira slipped down the field after bogeying two of his first three holes.

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke made a sound start to his round, with two birdies and a solitary bogey in his opening six holes.

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