Jbe’ Kruger dropped just one stroke on Friday in the second round of the Asian Tour’s Hong Kong Open at Hong Kong Golf Club as his four-under-par 66 moved him into a share of 12th ahead of the weekend.
Kruger opened with a three-under-par 67, and, at seven-under at the halfway mark, he was five shots off the lead which was held by Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand. Khongwatmai carded a second-round seven-under-par 63, and he was one shot clear of Australian Cam Smith and Korea’s Sangmoon Bae, who had rounds of four-under and seven-under respectively.
Kruger started his second round with a birdie on the first, and made his solitary bogey on the fifth. He made another birdie on the nineth to turn in one-under, and then he picked up three birdies on his homeward nine.
Jaco Ahlers also had a four-under 66 in the second round to move to four-under for the tournament and a share of 40th. He made an eagle, three birdies and a bogey on his card.
Ian Snyman signed for a two-under-par 68, and, at two-under for the tournament, made the cut on the number in a share of 64th.