Friday, 01 December 2017
Miguel Tabuena  (Getty Images)
Miguel Tabuena (Getty Images)

A second-round 70 was enough to keep India's Arjun Atwal out in front at the halfway stage of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open but he had a dangerous chasing pack breathing down his neck.

Three-time European Tour winner Atwal began the day four shots clear at the summit after producing a course-record 62 at Heritage Golf Club on Thursday, but he saw his advantage cut to a single shot after fellow early starters Dylan Frittelli and Laurie Canter posted second-round 66s, with Louis de Jager joining them on nine under par in the afternoon.

Here, we take a look at what some of Atwal's challengers had to say after their second rounds.

José-Filipe Lima (66, -8)

"Everybody who shoots a 66 would be happy. It's true this morning it was windy but I played very well. Like yesterday, when you have birdie opportunities, you hole some, miss some, but I didn't make any mistakes in my long game and I think that is the key here. Stay in the middle because from the rough it's tough to find a good length. I'm quite happy, I like Mauritius. This place is fantastic, I've been here many times. I like to play here."

Miguel Tabuena (68, -8)

"I'm pleased with the way I played today. I thought it would be less windy but it started blowing from the first hole. I knew anything under-par would be a great score. I played great but I need to work on my putting and I'll be ready for tomorrow. I personally think the back nine was the harder nine. I was glad to get it out of the way in two-under. It was gusty so I was second guessing the wind a lot. That cost me a few shots. I'm playing and striking the ball really well."

Louis Oosthuizen (68, -7)

"The first nine was probably not the greatest I've played. I played really nice on the back. I didn't make any putts - I made one eight-footer on 17 for par and that's it. I'm happy to be three behind with the way I've been playing. There's a lot of golf left on the weekend. There are definitely low numbers out there if you can roll the ball well. Today I just seemed to not be able to see the lines as well."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
2ATWAL, ArjunIND18-16
3LANGASQUE, RomainFRA18-14
4DE JAGER, LouisRSA18-13
T5PAVON, MatthieuFRA18-12
T5TABUENA, MiguelPHI18-12

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