Ross McGowan from England has the half-way lead in the Joburg Open in Johannesburg at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.
A couple of Eagles on the par fives helped Ross to his -9 under par 62 in the second round of the Joburg Open, on the West course. Posting a half-way score of -14 under par, and a healthy three shot lead going into the week-end. He said he had played very well, even thinking about a 59;
“I played well yesterday and started well today, I opened up with two birdies. I went a bit flat for a few holes and then on the back nine, the fireworks happened.”
“I holed a wedge at 12 today which was nice and then I hit two great shots into the par five, so I had 15-20 feet there for eagle and managed to hole that one as well.”
“In Madrid I shot a 60, so you never know. I’ll try to go low again tomorrow.”
“I think I would have needed to be a few shots better on the front nine to even consider it but I’ve been close before.”
Four players share second place, those three shots adrift with -11 under par totals, they are, Jean Hugo, Hayden Porteous, from South Africa, Anthony Wall, England and Felipe Aguilar from Chile.
Anthony shot a second round -5 under 67 on the tougher East course, while Jean and Felipe carded -6 under 65 on the West, with Hayden scoring -5 under par 66, also on the par 71 West course.
Johan Carlson, Sweden and Stuart Manley, Wales, are tied in sixth place at -10 under par for the competition. Paul Dunne, from Ireland, is playing in just his eighth professional tournament, he carded eight birdies in a flawless -8 under 63 on the West to be in the group T8 at -9 under par, in this very International field.
There are three places at The Open are up for grabs this week with the top three players in the top ten not already exempt securing a place at Royal Troon.