Slow day for Bezuidenhout with level-par 72 in BMW PGA Championship

Some days everything works, and then some days, the score just won’t come. Christiaan Bezuidenhout had one of the latter kinds of days on Friday in the second round of the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship as he carded a level-par 72.

After his opening eight-under-par 64, it wasn’t catastrophic, but it does leave him four shots off the lead which is held by Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat at 12-under after he carded a second-round four-under-par 68. Aphibarnrat leads by one from former Sunshine Tour campaigner Francesco Laporta of Italy who shot a fine 65, and England’s Laurie Canter.

“It’s always tough backing up a round like I had yesterday,” said Bezuidenhout. “I thought I was swinging good until I got on the golf course today. I just couldn’t really build momentum or make too many makeable putts like yesterday. It was just a slow round, a slow day today.”

He got going well enough with a birdie on the second, but he bogeyed seven to turn in level-par. Another bogey on 13 was cancelled out with a birdie on 15, but that was the sum total of his scoring for the day.

He was at a loss to explain what was different out on the course. “The first 13, 14 holes was great,” he said. “The course was a little softer and a little more gettable than yesterday, but I just didn’t hit the ball well enough today to give myself chances and to make putts.

“I’m going to go to the range now and try to get my game back on track and try and get a feeling I can take to the golf course tomorrow.”

Justin Walters backed up his opening two-under 70 with another round just like it, and, at four-under, heads into the weekend in a share of 36th together with Dean Burmester who closed with and eagle for his 70. Brandon Stone carded a three-under 69 to move to three-under and a share of 51st, while George Coetzee’s 69 took him to two-under to make the cut on the number.

Haydn Porteous, Garrick Higgo, Branden Grace, Wilco Nienaber, Zander Lombard, Thomas Aiken, Daniel van Tonder and Justin Harding all missed the cut.

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