Adrian Otaegui from Spain leads the Tshwane Open at the half-way stage at the Pretoria Country Club in South Africa.
Adrian, who is mentored by José María Olazábal, came close to recording a 59, but in the end settled for -8 under par 62, and a mid-way total of -11 under par, and a two shot lead going into the week-end. It could have been better, he needed to par the last two holes to make 59, but made par on the 17th, and sadly bogey on 18, which is normally a par five, but was reduced to a par four in this tournament.
Adrian spoke about that last hole, and the early morning start;
“It’s a tough par four and it’s normally a par five.”
“I was focused and didn’t know that I had made five birdies in a row.”
“I was playing well and made a few putts, that’s all I was thinking about. The best golf is when you think as little as possible, and this was one of those days.”
“Yesterday in the afternoon the fairways were a bit harder, so the ball was rolling a bit more. This morning the ball was flying less, because it was cool at 6.40 in the morning.”
“The course is in good shape and it’s getting warm now, but I think it will hold up at the weekend.”
“I just have to be patient tomorrow. Let’s see if I’ve learnt something from these last two rounds.”
In the afternoon there was a delay due to the threat of lightning, but South Africa’s Merrick Bremner shot -4 under par 66, to move into second place on his own with a -9 under par total.
Yesterday’s co-leaders fell back with David Horsey scoring -1 under par 69, and tied in third place at -8 under par, with Edoardo Molinari, Keith Horne and Trevor Fisher Jnr, while Morten Ørum Madsen settled for a second round +2 over par 72 and is now tied in 13th position.
Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke made the cut, with a second round -3 under par 67, which left him T34.