Van der Walt gets into contention in Houston

Dawie van der Walt hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation on Friday during his second round at the Vivint Houston Open, finishing at four-under for the PGA Tour tournament after carding a four-under 66 to find himself three shots off the lead.

Van der Walt finished his round tied for third with first-round leader Brandt Snedeker; Sam Burns is in first at seven-under, and former world number one Jason Day is in second at five-under.

Erik van Rooyen was next best of the South Africans, his one-under-par 69 moving him to level-par at the halfway stage. He climbed 19 spots on the leaderboard into a share of 26th. It was a position he shared with Justin Harding as the pair prepared to play in next week’s Masters. Harding carded a second-round two-under 68.

Charl Schwartzel had one hole to play when the action was halted for the day due to darkness, and he was at one-over for his round and three-over for the tournament – right on the cut number.

Missing the cut were Dylan Frittelli and Branden Grace.

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