Grace’s 2nd round 67 gets him into Nedbank Golf Challenge mix

Nov 12, 2022 | Featured, Sunshine Tour

Branden Grace, the 2018 Nedbank Golf Challenge, posted a bogey-free five-under-par 67 on Saturday morning in the weather-delayed finish to the second round at Gary Player Country Club to move into a share of third place.

Grace started quietly enough on Friday, and made pars all the way to the eighth before he picked up his first shot of the day on the ninth. He took that gain and ran with it, picking up two more birdies on the next two holes, the par-five 10th and the deceptively easy-looking 11th. He made two more in a row on the 14th and the 15th, and then made par all the way home to reach seven-under for the tournament.

Only Gavin Green of Malaysia had a better round, with his seven-under-par 65 including an eagle, six birdies and a bogey. Thomas Detry of Belgium also had a five-under-par 67 to climb into a share of 10th.

When the second round finished just before noon, the lead was shared by veterans Richard Bland and his English countryman Luke Donald, the European Ryder Cup captain. They were on eight-under-par

Richard Sterne was the next best of the 10 South Africans in the field at five-under-par after his second round of three-under-par 69 for a share of 10th. Christiaan Bezuidenhout was in a share of 18th after a four-under 68 took him to three-under at the halfway mark.

Thriston Lawrence was on one-under in 26th, and Oliver Bekker on level-par in 30th. Shaun Norris was on two-over with JC Ritchie and Zander Lombard, and Justin Walters was on three-over. George Coetzee brought up the rear of the South African challenge at five-over.

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