Lynn holds slender Joburg Open lead

3/19/2010 3:02:38 PM
Joburg Open - Round Two  (Getty Images)
Joburg Open - Round Two (Getty Images)

England’s David Lynn shot an impressive 67 on the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington East Course to lead the Joburg Open at the halfway stage.

The Stoke golfer, who has only won once on The European Tour in more than 300 attempts, added to his opening 63 over the shorter West Course to reach 12 under par.

That was one better than last week’s Africa Open winner Charl Schwartzel, who produced three birdies in his bogey-free 68.

“It seems like the form from last week is carrying over and with a good weekend, if I play like I’m playing, it could get very interesting,” he said.

“If you can eliminate the mistakes, you’re always going to be playing good golf,” he said.

And he made a ten foot putt for birdie on 18 which took him one shot closer to Lynn than he might have been. “You need to make those little ten or 12 footers to keep you in the tournament,” he added.

Lynn soon hit the top of the leaderboard with a birdie at the first, only to give the shot back with a bogey at the fourth.

But there were to be no more mistakes from the 2004 KLM Open winner, who added four more birdies.

“I got off to a good start, hitting it stiff on the first for birdie, and that put me in a good frame of mind,” he said.

“I continued to play like I was playing yesterday. Yesterday I was a bit tentative with the putter, today it was much easier though,” he added.

Tied for third are two more players who were on the difficult East Course for their second rounds, Darren Clarke and Jbe’ Kruger, and two from the West - Hendrik Buhrmann – who blazed around with a seven under par 64, and England’s Danny Willett.

It could have been even better for South African Buhrmann, who reached the turn in a six under 30 before five consecutive pars ended any hopes of an elusive first 59 on The European Tour.

The 41 year old Clarke, whose opening 63 was his best round on The European Tour for a decade, was three under for his front nine and a likely challenger to Lynn’s position.

The Ulsterman could only come back in 36 and missed a straight-forward birdie putt at the last, but he is still well placed to challenge for a first win in two years.

A second lightning delay halted play for the day with 30 players yet to complete their rounds, so play will resume at 7am on Saturday for those 30, and the third round will begin at 9.20 local time.