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Jaco van Zyl leads after 2nd round of Sunshine Tour Samsung Royal Swazi Sun Open at Royal Swazi Spa Country Club

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Manzini – The only thing keeping the field in touch with Jaco van Zyl after the second round of the Samsung Royal Swazi Sun Open being played on the par-72 Royal Swazi Spa Country Club course is that he hasn’t got an eagle – yet.
Jaco van Zyl


Van Zyl raked in 18 points to go with the 14 he got in the first round to open up a gap of four points on the next best player in the Modified Stableford format.

In that format, players earn eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, and two for a birdie. Pars count for nothing, but one point is deducted per bogey and three for a double bogey or worse.

Van Zyl got 10 birdies in his second round, showing that attacking golf is the way to go: “I made two bogeys on the way in, but they were not a huge deal. In this format, it’s not the end of the world as long as you keep your birdie count up,” he said.

He left overnight Theunis Spangenberg in his wake after Spangenberg followed up his fine opening round: He got four birdies and an eagle three on the 12th for 13 points in the second round to go with his 15 from the first.

One shot further back was Tyrone van Aswegen, who shot eight birdies to score 16 points for a total of 27. “I only had 24 putts today,” he said.

“I put the ball in play and just putted well. If you can make putts on these greens, you’re going to be up there at the end. The course is quite short, so it’s basically a putting contest,” he added.

But the round of the day belonged to Titch Moore, who shot a 61 on his way to raking in an astonishing 22 points to lift him into third place at the halfway stage of the second round.

And he, too, attributed good scoring to good putting: “I must have hit the edge of the hole five times yesterday, and they didn’t go down,” he said. “But I got a good start today with a birdie on one, and I had a really good run from 12 to 17 with six birdies in a row.”

Shaun Norris, who shared the overnight lead with Spangenberg, picked up 10 more points in morning play, and is at 25 points in fourth.

Women’s South African Open champion Tandi Cunningham battled her way around for a second day in a row, and missed the cut at minus-17, well behind the rest of the field.

“I’m not happy with the way I played,” she said, “but I am pleased I came to the tournament. I learnt a lot, and the guys I played with were fantastic. I do believe I will learn from the experience and take it with me into the events I am playing on the Ladies European Tour.”

Second round Modified Stableford scores in the Samsung Royal Swazi Sun Open being played on the par-72 Royal Swazi Spa Country Club course (Scores are allocated as follows: albatross = 8, eagle = 5, birdie = 2, par = 0, bogey = -1, double bogey or worse = -3. Players)

RSA unless specified:

32 - Jaco van Zyl 14 18

28 - Theunis Spangenberg 15 13

27 - Tyrone van Aswegen 11 16

26 - Titch Moore 4 22

25 - Shaun Norris 15 10

23 - Darren Holder 12 11

22 - Jbe' Kruger 11 11, TC Charamba (ZIM) 12 10

21 - Dean Lambert 12 9, Trevor Fisher Jnr 11 10, George Coetzee 11 10, Tyrone Ferreira 9 12

20 - Neil Schietekat 13 7, Andrew Curlewis 6 14, Jean Hugo 10 10

19 - Jake Roos 14 5

18 - Oliver Bekker 6 12

17 - Louis de Jager 7 10, Albert Pistorius 3 14, Darren Fichardt 8 9

16 - Chris Swanepoel 13 3, Keenan Davidse 12 4, Christiaan Basson 5 11, Josh Cunliffe 4 12, Omar Sandys 3 13

15 - Charl Coetzee 7 8, Grant Muller 7 8, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 11 4, Wallie Coetsee 2 13, Warren Abery 7 8, Merrick Bremner 8 7, Desvonde Botes 9 6

14 - Darryn Lloyd 10 4

13 - Brett Liddle 9 4, Don Black 9 4, Michiel Bothma 10 3

12 - Heinrich Bruiners 7 5, Louis Moolman 9 3, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 9 3, Brandon Pieters -3 15, Alain Norris 7 5

11 - Willie van der Merwe 0 11, Ross Wellington 7 4, Thabang Simon 3 8, Stuart Clark (WAL) -1 12, Prinavin Nelson -1 12, Hendrik Buhrmann 0 11

10 - Peter Karmis 3 7, Andre Cruse 4 6

9 - Meshack Zwane (SWZ) 6 3, James Kamte 3 6, Chris Williams 2 7, Keith Horne 3 6, Eugen Marugi 6 3, Reggie Adams 3 6, Adilson da Silva (BRA) 5 4, Doug McGuigan 13 -4

Missed the cut:-

8 - Toto Thimba (Jnr) 2 6, Mark Murless 6 2, David Hewan 3 5

7 - Riaan de Bruyn 0 7, Nic Henning -5 12

6 - Jaco Ahlers 3 3, Lindani Ndwandwe 7 -1, Lyle Rowe 2 4, Divan van den Heever 1 5, Bradford Vaughan 1 5, Steve van Vuuren 0 6

4 - Steve Basson 4 0

1 - Rossouw Loubser -2 3

-1 - Mohamed Tayob 2 -3

-17 - Tandi Cunningham -8 -9

* Source - Sunshine Tour

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