Van Rooyen inside top 10 at halfway in BMW Championship

Aug 28, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

While he is seven shots off the hot pace in the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship, Erik van Rooyen kept himself very much in contention on Friday with a second round four-under-par 68 taking him to nine-under-par for the tournament and a share of 10th.

The second round was suspended due to darkness with some players through just 13 holes, but Bryson DeChambeau produced a 12-under-par 60 to take the lead at 16-under through 36 holes. He was just one clear of Patrick Cantlay and world number one Jon Rahm, with Sungjae Im and Sergio Garcia in a share of fourth on 12-under, four behind DeChambeau.

Van Rooyen opened with a birdie on the par-four first, and then picked up another on the seventh. He kept his card bogey-free by picking up two more on his homeward nine, on the 11th and the 12th. It was accuracy off the tee and finding the greens in regulation which helped into his position: He hit 71.43 percent of the fairways off the tee, and hit 83.33 percent of the greens in regulation.

Charl Schwartzel was the next best of the four South Africans in the field, with his six-under-par 66 taking him to seven-under for the tournament and a share of 17th. Louis Oosthuizen was through 16 holes when play was suspended, and was on one-over for the round, on level-par for the tournament an in a share of 60th. Branden Grace carded a one-under 71 in the second round to be two-over for the tournament in a share of 67th.

Of the four South Africans, only Oosthuizen is currently projected to go through to next week’s Tour Championship at East Lake, where only the top 30 players on the FedEx Cup rankings will be playing. Van Rooyen is projected to 34th at this point, Schwartzel to 53rd and Grace to 60th.

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