Friday, 10 November 2017
Ross Fisher  (Getty Images)
Ross Fisher (Getty Images)

Victor Dubuisson fired a second-round 70 to get to six under and lead the way at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

Here, we take a look at what some of the chasing pack had to say after day two.

Darren Fichardt (69, -4)

"Last year I was first reserve as well and I didn't get in. I got the call on Wednesday night that I was first reserve and Matthew Southgate pulled out and Lee Slattery was in. So I decided to stroll down here in the morning, not too concerned. I thought I was going to get here around 8.50 and about 12 kilometres out I phoned Gaia - the Tour secretary - and I said, 'what's the chances?'. She said, 'just hang on quickly', started talking and she said, 'wait a second. I've just heard Anthony Wall has pulled out'. I said, 'oh, that's fantastic'. She said, 'there's one thing, teeing off at 9.00 so where are you? At the clubhouse? On the range?'. I said, 'I'm actually 12 kilometres out so I'm going to be coming in pretty hot'. I was quite flabbergasted the first nine yesterday and quite drained the second nine. I still can't believe I'm playing. My wife always said 'analysis leads to paralysis' so I had no time to think about this tournament. I'm fortunate that I'm really hitting my driver well so I'm getting myself into position on every hole and then I'm putting pretty well. If I do make a mistake, I manage to up-and-down. So that is quite fortunate and is probably why I am on the score I am right now."

Lee Westwood (70, -4)

"Other than four three-putts, I played very well. I hit it close a lot. Missed a couple of times from inside five feet as well as the four three-putts. That showed the quality of the long game because I think that's probably one of the toughest days I've ever experienced on this course tee-to-green with the wind. It was as strong as I've ever seen around here and not only was it picking up and dropping, quite gusty, it was changing directions as well. Experience is everything around this golf course. There's some pins that you just can't go at and you have to play away form. When you miss them, you realise you've made a mistake with your course management. I've been coming here since 1998 and played it a lot and been successful around it. The harder the conditions, the better it will be for me over the course of the week."

Ross Fisher (71, -3)

"A couple over after three holes, struggling a little bit, but managed to find some form towards the end of the back nine. Hit some good shots in there. Just needed to be patient that the putts were going to drop and then made a few birdies on eight, nine and ten and hit a lovely pitch into the par five. Decided to lay up there and pitch in to about three feet. Unfortunately played the next hole pretty poorly and managed to salvage a good bogey from about six feet there. Played the last three holes pretty solidly. To walk away with one under par in the conditions we had today, I'm pretty pleased with that. I have to say, that's probably one of the toughest rounds around this place I've played since I've played here."

Tyrrell Hatton (70, -3)

"I think it's difficult every day here. Obviously it's quite windy today and that's always a challenge here because the wind goes all over the place. So it's quite hard to get the club right and obviously with that, getting the distance right. It was a tough start, two over through eight and nice eagle on nine. Couple of birdies on ten, 11 and just parred in. Overall, very happy with today's score. This week is going to be the biggest challenge for me. I sort of struggled here last year, and I think mentally you have to be quite strong around here. Obviously I do struggle with that sometimes but if I can get through that this week, I'm pretty confident of having a good week next week."

Alex Noren (72, -3)

"It was a long day, waiting for the thunder and then finally get out there and the wind stopped and it was a little bit easier without that wind. I haven't made that many birdies but kept the bogeys out of the card for most of the time and two eagles help out very much. It's just difficult because it swirls a little bit and then a lot of angles and you don't see the other holes. Usually when you see the holes, you can know exactly what direction you are playing. But here, it's tree-lined and you can't see the other holes. Anything can happen. If it's as windy as it was today, anybody can win. But it's nice to be three under I think after today."

Scott Jamieson (73, -3)

"I just bogeyed the last. It was really difficult. I had a few three-putts on the front nine which was disappointing. So I was out in one over when it definitely could have been a couple better. Everything was difficult, especially putting, you get blown about in the gusts. It was solid on the back nine. In a strong position going into the weekend so hopefully more of the same."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1GRACE, BrandenRSA18-11
2JAMIESON, ScottSCO18-10
3DUBUISSON, VictorFRA18-9
4LI, HaotongCHN18-7
5KAYMER, MartinGER18-6
T6FICHARDT, DarrenRSA18-5

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