Jorge Campillo and Colin Nel both recorded second rounds of 59 in the rain-washed Nelson Mandela Championship, before play was halted once again at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club in South Africa.
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Despite their heroic efforts Jorge and Colin are still behind the tournament leader Daniel Brooks, and he has yet to complete his second round, and has added another four birdies to his total in this 54 hole event.
Daniel still occupies the top spot at -12 under par, and will have the chance to extend his lead over the last seven holes when play resumes at 06:00 on Saturday morning.
Jorge, who is tied in second place at -11 under par, and is bidding for his first European Tour title was happy with his play, especially the way he finished the round;
“We play other par 70s on Tour, but you still have to shoot 59 and I’m pretty happy with the way I finished. I was ten under after 14 holes and had two tough par fours and a tough par three coming in. I was never close to 59 before, but in the KLM Open I was eight under with three holes to go on a par 70. Finishing with three birdies would have put me on 59, but I finished par-par-bogey. That helped me a lot today, because finishing well was important and I did it.”
Mathew Baldwin is one of the three players tied at -11 under par, after his second round -8 under par 62, and hopes tiredness will not come into the reckoning;
“I don’t think tiredness comes into it , what does come into it is the fact that you’re playing a lot of holes close together. For example, I played 21 holes in a short space of time today and by the time I finished I was quiet tired, so getting some rest in will be important for tomorrow.”
Dowie Van Der Walt is the third player on -11 under par, with World number 49 Brandon Grace just two shots off the lead at the moment at – 10 under par.
Brandon spoke about his feelings for Nelson Mandela;
“I feel like this week shows what happens when you make those few extras putts. I’m right up there again and it’s all about the putting. If I can keep rolling the ball well then hopefully tomorrow will be one more memory of lifting a trophy. It would be great to finish the year off with a win. Mandela is one of the reasons I am here, a lot of people think I’m here for the top 50, but I think I’ve secured that for the year. Coming here you’re trying to get the win for Madiba, not that it will make everything better for the country, but hopefully it will put a little smile on some people’s faces. Maybe if you lift the trophy at the end you can say ‘this is for him’.”