Everything you need to know from Friday's second round in Nairobi.
Scott Hend rediscovered his best form and there was a rare pair of aces on day two of the 2021 Magical Kenya Open presented by Johnnie Walker.
Here is everything you need to know from Friday's second round in Nairobi.
Hend rolls back years
France's Raphaël Jacquelin had impressed for the veterans on day one and 47-year-old Hend did likewise on Friday. A joint best of the week 64 saw the Australian join Finland's Kalle Samooja at the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend. “I’ve been playing terrible golf so far this year so it’s starting to turn around,” said Hend, who has missed seven cuts in his last eight events. “I’ve just been driving it a bit better, putting a bit better.”
Lowest round of the day ✅— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) March 19, 2021
Hear from @hendygolf post round 🗣#MagicalKenyaOpen pic.twitter.com/2IYv0xTGya
Levy and Paisley produce matching aces
France's Alex Levy produced the sweetest of six irons for a hole-in-one on the 16th on day two. His effort was later matched by England's Chris Paisley, although it wasn't enough for either player to make the weekend.
Hole-in-one for @alexlevygolf on the 14th today, his second of the season 😲— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) March 19, 2021
Here's how he celebrates a perfect shot 😂#MagicalKenyaOpen pic.twitter.com/9VhpWPsEd8
Migliozzi gets title defence motoring
Italy's Guido Migliozzi came into the week as defending champion on the back of a runner-up finish in Qatar. And he was in great form again on Friday as a 65 moved him to six under and just outside the top ten.
Biggest move of the day ✍️— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) March 19, 2021
Defending champ @guidomigliozzi jumps 74 spots to sit T-5th. #MagicalKenyaOpen | @Workday pic.twitter.com/CuW2sNBrNH
Home favourite impresses
Samuel Njoroge Chege ensured the host country would be represented over the weekend as a 68 saw him make the cut on two under. “The first thing about today is that I was relaxed, more than yesterday,” he said. “It was my second day and I knew the course better than yesterday so I said 'today I have to play well'. Then on seven, I lost my ball and then on hole 14 I lost a ball again, but I recovered very well. Those two holes were bothering me but hopefully tomorrow I’ll do well on those holes. I’ve prepared well and I want to play better than today and make my country proud, my sponsors and myself.”