Course record sees Saddier take joint SA Open lead

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

Saddier posted a course record nine-under-par 63 and Paisley a 65 to share the lead on 13 under par.

Saddier and Paisley, both ranked just outside the top 250 in the world, are on 131, four strokes ahead of South African Jacques Kruyswijk at Glendower Golf Club.

Chris Paisley and Adrien Saddier opened up a big lead after two rounds of the South African Open on Friday as they moved to 13 under par and four shots clear of their nearest challengers.

That group contains overnight leaders Branden Grace and Chase Koepka, Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent, and Retief Goosen, the two-time U.S. Open champion who hasn't won a professional tournament since 2009. After a first round featuring three eagles, Grace had to settle for a second-round 71.

"I can not wait for the weekend", said the Englishman. "Obviously, I have never been in this position before, so tomorrow, I'm just going to go and play and do my best".

"The finish was awesome after making three birdies in a row on 15, 16 and 17", said Saddier.

"At the moment it's weird, I feel like I didn't play unbelievable".

The South African, the Nedbank Golf challenge victor a year ago, recorded six birdies after the turn following a front nine which saw Grace mix two birdies with one bogey.

English duo Andy Sullivan and Matt Wallace carded three-under 69s to move to five under for the championship while former Ryder Cup victor Jamie Donaldson, who carded the first ace of 2018, is a further two shots back after a one-under 71 which saw the Welshman mix five birdies with four bogeys.

Austin Connelly made the cut at the BMW SA Open golf championship in Edenvale, South Africa.

But ex-US Masters champions Mike Weir (146) of Canada and Trevor Immelman (149) of South Africa bowed out after the second round.

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