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Jens Dantorp says 'staying in the present' key to stunning 63

Jens Dantorp says 'staying in the present' key to stunning 63

Jens Dantorp revealed "staying in the present" was the key to his superb second-round 63 which catapulted him up the leaderboard on the weather-affected second day of the SDC Championship 2023.

The Swede made the most of calm morning conditions at St. Francis Links, carding ten birdies and one bogey to sign for the lowest round of the week before afternoon winds caused play to be suspended.

Dantorp heads into the weekend on seven under par, tied for second alongside South Africa's Albert Venter and Englishman Matthew Baldwin - although that could change when the afternoon wave finish their second rounds on Saturday morning.

When asked how he kept the positive energy flowing during his round, Dantorp said: "It's just staying in the present all the time.

"I'm working really hard on that and that's been a big change in my game the last year, really - not moving ahead or dwelling on what's happened.

"I did that really well today and managed to just hit good shots all the time, no matter if I was doing well or doing bad, or feeling good or feeling bad. Just pushed myself to hit good shots."

Reflecting on his magnificent 63, Dantorp added: "That was mega fun. It's a long time since I posted a score like that.

"My putter was so hot today, it was unreal.

"I was driving the ball pretty steadily and I was thinking my way around the course. Gave me a lot of opportunities.

"I wasn't stiffing a lot but my putter was very good and I think I made just one error.

"Apart from that it was just very smart golf."

Baldwin also enjoyed a productive morning, making seven birdies and two bogeys in his 67.

He said: "It was good. It was obviously a lot calmer than yesterday. It's a good score.

"I just hit it really nicely, to be honest. I gave myself a lot of chances, got off to a quick start and maintained that on the back nine really.

"A couple of scrappy shots coming in but I was fortunate enough to hole a nice putt on the last to make up for it."

Home hope Venter saw his two front-nine birdies wiped out by a double bogey on the 11th but finished the round in style, making five birdies in six holes from the 13th to sign for a 67.

"I played well and fought back quite hard," he said. "My caddie and I have worked out the golf course and how we want to play it.

"There are scoring opportunities out there but you have to start by keeping the ball in play here.

"It’s still anyone’s game out there and I’m looking forward to the weekend and the challenge that lies ahead."

Julien Brun leads the way on eight under after producing a second-round 67.

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