Friday, 15 January 2016
Felipe Aguilar of Chile plays a putt for a birdie on the 8th green on the West Course during day two of the Joburg Open  (Getty Images)
Felipe Aguilar of Chile plays a putt for a birdie on the 8th green on the West Course during day two of the Joburg Open (Getty Images)

A look at the best facts and stats from the second round at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

62 - The stunning second round score of 36-hole leader Ross McGowan, equalling the West Course record in the process with two eagles and six birdies on Friday

27 - European Tour starts for McGowan in the last five seasons after a succession of injuries and a loss of form

8 - Professional starts this week for Paul Dunne, who had eight birdies in a brilliant 63 to move inside the top ten

7 - Places dropped on Friday by overnight leader Justin Walters, despite shooting a two under par 69 in the second round

4 - Major victories for Joburg Open debutant Ernie Els, who was one of 19 players to make the halfway cut on the mark at three under par

1 - Favourite cricket ground in the world for 'The Big Easy', who headed to the Wanderers in Joburg to catch a bit of South Africa versus England post-round 

3 - Players, who are not otherwise exempt and who finish in the top ten this week, will secure places in The Open Championship at Royal Troon. If the tournament were to finish now, those three would be McGowan, Anthony Wall and Jean Hugo.

2 -  Joburg Open wins for Richard Sterne (2008, 2013). The South African is looking to become the first player to win the title three times and moved inside the top ten on Friday thanks to a sweet 66 

112 - Places surged up the leaderboard on day two by South African Alex Haindl, who bettered his first round score of 72 by eight shots with a super 64 on the West Course

8,536 - Distance in kilometres between Joburg and Kuala Lumpur, where Europe and Asia are going head-to-head as well this in the second EurAsia Cup. The opening day finished with Darren Clarke's side ahead by 4.5 points to 1.5 with two sessions to come. 

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1PORTEOUS, HaydnRSA15-17
T2ÅKESSON, BjörnSWE18-15
T2WALTERS, JustinRSA18-15
T2IM, DanielUSA17-15
T2WALL, AnthonyENG17-15
T2LOMBARD, ZanderRSA15-15

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