Friday, 12 January 2018
Jacques Kruyswijk  (Getty Images)
Jacques Kruyswijk (Getty Images)

South African Jacques Kruyswijk topped the leaderboard after a birdie-spree during the second round of the BMW SA Open Championship Proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni.

Kruyswijk, who earned his playing privileges at the European Tour through Qualifying School in November, recorded seven gains and two bogeys on his way to a second round 67 at Glendower Golf Club.

The World Number 400 opened up with back-to-back birdies from the tenth to move to six under but dropped shots at the 12th and 17th hauled him back to four under before a gain at the 18th brought him back in contention.

He sealed a hat-trick of birdies from the second with a lengthy putt for a share of the lead at eight under with Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent, compatriot Branden Grace and Nacho Elvira, and when he picked up a shot on the penultimate hole, he was in front on his own.

Vincent carded the round of the morning as he rattled in seven birdies and one bogey to register an impressive 66 to sit alongside overnight co-leader Grace at eight under.

Birdie at the par five second before three successive gains from the seventh moved him to six under and two strokes behind then-leader Grace.

A birdie-bogey from the 11th kept Vincent at six under before he hit a stunning second shot on the par five 15 for an eagle chance. The 26 year old had to settle for a birdie, and followed that up with another gain at the next to earn a share of the lead.

Grace started the day on seven under alongside Chase Koepka but when he birdied the par four third, he was the leader.

The World Number 30, who recorded a trio of eagles in a colourful first round of 65, was briefly joined at the top by compatriot Justin Walters on eight under when he was at the turn, but as the 37 year old fell away, Grace carded his second gain at the 17th to lead only to give that shot back at the last.

Defending champion Graeme Storm is in danger of missing the cut, despite recording a 70 during his second round, as he sits on one over par.

Spain's Elvira is in sole fourth place at seven under following three birdies and a bogey for a score of 70.

Walters is a shot further adrift with South Korea's Soomin Lee, Italian Renato Paratore, South Africa's Rhys West, Koepka, who dropped a shot after three holes, and England's Chris Paisley.

Erik van Rooyen endured a rollercoaster level par round to stay at five under alongside fellow South African Charl Schwartzel and former Amateur Championship winner Bradley Neil, who begins later in the day.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1PAISLEY, ChrisENG18-21
2GRACE, BrandenRSA18-18
T4VINCENT, ScottZIM18-14
T4KRUYSWIJK, JacquesRSA18-14
T4BLAAUW, JacquesRSA18-14

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