Beware the injured golfer... and the "easy" golf course!
Yesterday's second round of the SA Open was a bit unsettling and at times also obviously very exciting as first the Glendower layout almost seemed to come to life, cleared its throat and inflicted big scores on several big name golfers, and then just as amazingly settled back into its slumber.
Jbe Kruger was joint leader after day 1 with a 6 under 66 and then followed that up with a heart-stopping 80! That's a 14 shot swing and almost swung him right out of the tournament - Kruger only just survived to join the weekend field, but must have wondered what happened between Thursday and Friday…other than a change of clothes.
It didn't end there as none other than the tournament host, Ernie Els himself followed up his first round 67 with ten more shots and a 5 over par 77! At one stage Ernie's driver was revving up the car in the car park at Glendower because it looked the Big Easy may not survive the cut. However, Ernie called on all his experience and calm to reinvent his back nine and will have two more rounds to see if he can win this one.
Andy Sullivan from England who shared the lead with Jbe Kruger after the first round, played another steady round and clung onto first place after round two, but he would not have enjoyed seeing the menacing glare of SA's top-ranked golfer, Charl Schwartzel finish strongly and sitting one stroke off the lead after day 2. There's a saying in golf: beware the injured golfer! Major winner Schwartzel is nursing a sore foot and showed his discomfort several times during his round on Friday. But did it throw him off his game? Not a chance! In fact it seemed to only strengthen his concentration and resolve.
I fully expect Schwartzel to put poor Andy Sullivan to the sword quickly in today's third round and then start to build on a lead. Pin positions today will be contentious and the debate will be more about which day we'll see the really challenging pin positions - in today's 3rd round or tomorrow for final day action.
And what of Ernie? Is his challenge done? You can't see me roll my eyes but that's just what I've done. All he needs is a solid 3 to 5 under round and he'll be in good shape for a charge on Sunday. Suffice to say that he is not done just yet…!
Jeremy Harris is the sports anchor at Kfm and 567 Cape Talk. He is a keen golfer and plays off a 6 at his home club, Arabella. He is the voice of the Sunshine Tour weekly highlights and monthly magazine programmes on Supersport.
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