Campillo charges to the top of the leaderboard

12/13/2013 1:43:00 PM
Jorge Campillo  (Getty Images)
Jorge Campillo (Getty Images)
Jorge Campillo fired a scintillating 11 under par 59 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead during the second round of The Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa.

The Spaniard, whose round will not enter the record books due to preferred lies being allowed on the rain-softened Mount Edgecombe fairways, shot seven birdies and two eagles to join England’s Matthew Baldwin on 11 under par.

Another three hours of play was lost to rain on Friday morning, which added to the lengthy delays on Wednesday and Thursday forced organisers to reduce the event to 54 holes.

Several players had to finish their first rounds when play did resume at 09:00, but nobody was able to surpass Daniel Brooks' eight under par 62 from the opening day.

However, first South African Oliver Bekker and then Campillo soon raced past the Englishman when they went out for their second rounds following a quick turnaround.

Bekker birdied the tenth – his first – then leapt into the lead with an eagle at the long 12th.

Another birdie followed at the 13th, and a fine approach to five feet at the 14th saw him go five under through five holes and 11 under for the week.

However, the 29 year old faded slightly with three bogeys and two birdies from that point leaving him with a 66 and share of third place alongside compatriot Branden Grace.

Campillo pitched in for a second eagle of the day at the fourth – like Bekker he made a three at the long 12th – and added seven birdies as he chases a first European Tour title.

Baldwin has never finished higher than fifth, but made six birdies and an eagle on the 12th in his second round 62.

Qualifying School graduate Brooks had not begun his second round when the leaders reached the clubhouse, and was likely to have to return early on Saturday morning to complete it.

South Africa’s Colin Nel matched Campillo’s 59 – an improvement of 18 shots on his opening round propelling him from 138th into the top 20.