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Friday, 19 March 2010
Joburg Open 2009 - Round Two  (Getty Images)
Joburg Open 2009 - Round Two (Getty Images)

David Drysdale followed up his opening day 65 by carding a five under round of 66 to lead a rain affected Joburg Open by one stroke at the halfway stage.

The Scotsman has been incredibly consistent through his first two days at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club with not a single dropped shot on his card as his score of 131 kept him a stroke ahead of South African Oliver Bekker and Michael Hoey from Northern Ireland.

Another home favourite, Andrew McLardy, also managed to stay amongst the chasing pack with his three under 68 moving him to nine under overall, alongside Englishman Danny Willet, who carded a 66, while Richard McEvoy, Tyrone van Aswegen and Rafael Cabrera Bello are all eight under par.

But it was Drysdale who impressed most, carding four of his five birdies on the front nine of the co-sanctioned European Tour and Sunshine Tour event, to go with his birdie eagle finish on the first day.

The 33 year old said: “I’m very pleased, especially after playing well yesterday (Thursday) with a good eagle finish which was nice and just kept it going, so overall very happy.

“I played well all day and had good chances on the front nine and then chipped in with an eagle at the end on the back nine, it was just a little bit of justice really I think to finish. But so far, so good.”

Hoey, who began the competition with a 64 after missing the cut last year, was one of the players affected by an almost two hour rain delay during the early afternoon.

“It was just perfect at the end there,” reflected the Ballymoney born golfer on the break. “There was no wind, which was probably an advantage because it was quite hot earlier on. The weather was perfect.”

After his 65, Bekker added: “I didn’t have a good finish at the end of last year, so I’m just trying to manage myself better on the golf course by cutting out the bogeys, maybe not playing as aggressively and try a little more conservative shots and playing within myself.”

Defending champion Richard Sterne, who is also bidding for a third consecutive European Tour title, bounced back from his opening day 71 with a fine round of 66 – five under overall.

He said: “I got off to a slow start this morning, but then birdied five and six, which put me in a better frame of mind. I knew I just had to stay patient because there are a lot of birdies out there.

“Anytime that you’re within seven or eight on the weekend, you’re in with a chance.”

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