Africa Open. John Hahn Has Half-Way Lead.

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John Hahn has the half-way lead in the Africa Open, shooting  a course record-equaling -10 under par 61 at East London Golf Club.

John Hahn-dily placed in South Africa

John Hahn / Getty

John required just 28 shots on his inward nine at East London Golf Course to complete his flawless -10 under par, carding eight birdies and an Eagle, on the par five third hole. With an Official World Golf Ranking of 881st, the 24-year-old American Qualifying School graduate now has a total of -16 under par, and a two shot lead heading into the third round. As I always say, confidence with the putter is essential for low scoring;

 “I just got the putter hot early and it stayed hot all day. It turned into a good one. I hit a lot of fairways and greens and the greens I missed early in the round I got up and down. I made a couple of putts you don’t normally make and had a couple of unexpected ones go in.”

John said he had been inspired by the success of compatriots Peter Uihlein and Brooks Koepka, with Peter winning the Madeira Islands Open last year and Brooks earning promotion to The European Tour with three victories on the Challenge Tour.

“With Peter and Brooks coming over and watching the success those guys had, I knew playing mini tours in the US wasn’t going to get me anywhere so this was a good place to try to accumulate World Ranking points and move forward. It was a last-minute idea and it has turned into a really good opportunity for me. Seeing different countries and cultures is something I have never had. I am almost getting more enjoyment from that than the golf. Learning how to travel, eat different foods, it’s kind of a growing up experience and I am having a blast every step of the way.”

Another bogey free effort from Ricardo Santos saw him continue his good form, scoring a second round of -5 under par 66, to go with his opening 62, giving him a -14 under par total. A 95-minute delay caused by torrential morning rain, helped him save par from the rough;

 “I was very pleased to score so well today, I really couldn’t ask for much more. I got quite lucky with the weather delay, because I was in some thick rough when we were called off, but the break let me breathe some clean air and when I came back out I saved par. There is still a lot of golf to come, but I’m very happy with my position at the moment.”

Oliver Fisher is in third place, a shot behind Ricardo on -13 under par, making birdies at his final four holes to shoot an error-free -8 under par 63.

Oliver liked his good day, the delay also helped him;

“It was a good day, I played well, hit the ball nicely and kept it in play. There were lots of chances, which you can tell by the scoring. It was a matter of being patient and sticking with your round. I got off to a good start and then got called in on the fourth fairway. I made two birdies straight after that, so the delay helped me a little bit. I went dry for a while mid-round and then finished with four birdies, so it was a good day.”

Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Richard Sterne Leads after Round Two

 

 

 

Richard Sterne   (Getty Images)

Richard Sterne / Getty Images

Richard Sterne birdied the final hole at Emirates Golf Club to secure a one shot halfway lead standing at -12 under par for the tournament, in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Richard said the course was tough;

“The course was a lot tougher with the wind and the greens definitely firmed out a bit. I think it’s going to be quite tricky coming to the weekend. There’s a lot of guys bunched up and you’re going to have to play pretty well to be there on Sunday. I had a long time sitting at home watching all the guys and especially the South Africans winning, so it’s nice to be back in the action and to have a chance.”

Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and two of The European Tour’s rising stars, Dane Thorbjørn Olesen and England’s Tommy Fleetwood, are just one shot back at -11 under par.

Former Challenge Tour winner Tommy Fleetwood, 22, has yet to drop a stroke and after a second round of 68 said;

“It’s just nice to be up there with all these great names.”

Stephen Gallacher is also delighted to be in the hunt for the title;

“It was a lot trickier with the wind switching all over the shop and I’m delighted to be still in the hunt.”

 

Foot-note:

Apparently Dubai has no proper sewerage system, this report is from FeedingTruth.com:

The glittering supercity of Dubai has no sewage system. At least no underground sewage system…(VIDEO)

Posted By: MrFusion [Send E-Mail]
Date: Thursday, 16-Aug-2012 22:56:48

[Credit to lamamaba of STA for finding this…]
Rather than a sewage system, Dubai has more of a sewage caravan. Hundreds and hundreds of 10,000 gallon sewage trucks lined up for their turn to dump their loads into the ocean. Swimming on the beaches of Dubai is not recommended.
http://www.boreme.com/posting.php?id=31361

 

Alfred Dunhill Championship, Charl Schwartzel Wins

 

Charl Schwartzel won the Alfred Dunhill Championship by a massive 12 shots at Leopard Creek Country Club in South AfricaSublime Schwartzel completes mammoth win

Charl Schwartzel / Getty Images

The last round may have been interrupted by thunderstorms, but noting interrupted Charl Schwartzel cruising to an easy victory setting a target of -24 under par. An amazing twelve shots clear of Kristoffer Broberg in second place.

Charl has a remarkable record at this course, which is situated on the border of the Kruger National Park, he won his first European Tour title there in 2004 and has had four runner-up finishes. He said it has always been special for him;

“It’s always been a special place for me, this is where I can almost say my career started and it’s always stayed close to my heart. It’s nice to have continued my form from last week. I was saying a month and a half ago it’s been a pretty disappointing year. Slowly and surely I started to swing the club a lot better, back to how I did when I won The Masters, and I actually got excited to play again. It started at the South AFrican Open and from there got better and better. It’s been a pretty good year now!”

Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg, four times a winner on the Challenge Tour last season, finished in second place, after  Grégory Bourdy suffered a double-bogey seven on the final hole.  Grégory had been the main challenger to Charl for the best part of the weekend, but slipped up on the last hole to give Kristoffer the second place on his own. Kristoffer was of course delighted with his first earnings on the European Tour;

“It’s amazing to get off to such a good start in The Race to Dubai in my first season as a European Tour Member and it sets me up pretty good for the new season.”

 

Nick Dougherty starts on his comeback campaign, on the Challenge Tour

Nick Dougherty makes his Challenge Tour debut in this week’s Pacific Rubiales Colombia Classic, the second event of the 2012 season. Nick missed the season opener six weeks ago, to prolong his break from the game, The 29 year old Dougherty is keen to return to competitive action and start what he hopes will be a journey back to the top of the game. Nick lost his card last year, making just one cut in 34 appearances, and then endured a frustrating time at the Qualifying School as he attempted to rediscover the form that gave him victories in the BMW International Open in 2009, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2007 and the Caltex Masters, in Singapore 2005 at the Laguna National Golf & Country Club.

Nick Dougherty  (Getty Images) Getty Images

Nick is now ready to playing again, starting at Barranquilla Country Club on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, he commented;

“I’m really excited to get out there now. I’ve never played a regular Challenge Tour event  before so it’s a bit of an unknown quantity for me. I know the standard is high out there and I don’t expect to go out and win straight away by a few shots. But what I do know is that the atmosphere is supposed to be very friendly. I haven’t seen South America since going out to Argentina as an amateur, so I’m very much looking forward to it. I just need to get back to basics now and remember the reasons why I loved the game in the first place, and I’m getting there now. I feel like I’m more me again.I think with the fall that I’ve taken in the last two years, it’s an experience that can make your career and make you a lot stronger, and now I’m just looking forward to getting back out on the golf course.”

Good Luck Nick, hope your season on the Challenge Tour goes to plan, and you regain your self esteem.