Christiaan Bezuidenhout carded a four-under-par 67 on Friday in the second round of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio to climb 37 places on the leaderboard into a share of 27th.
It was a quiet start for Bezuidenhout, who is looking to lock up his PGA Tour card for the next season with a top-25 finish in the three-tournament finals series of the Korn Ferry Tour. He lies seventh on that list after the first tournament last week, and is projected to be in 15th in his current position in this tournament ahead of next week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
He made six consecutive pars from the 10th to start his second round, and then he picked up consecutive birdies on 16 and 17 to reach the turn in two-under. Two more birdies on one and two took him to four-under, and then he got it to five with a birdie on four. But he dropped a shot on five, regained it on seven, and lost it again on eight.
His five-under-par total was five shots off the lead which was shared at 10-under by 2018 Alfred Dunhill Championship winner David Lipsky of the United States and Germany’s Stephan Jaeger, who were leaders after the first round. They lead by one from seven players on nine-under at the halfway stage.
The other South African in the field, Dawie van der Walt, carded a three-under 68 to move into a share of 42nd on four-under for the tournament.