The second round of the BMW South African Open was completed early on Saturday morning, with 68 players making the halfway cut of one under par.
England’s Graeme Storm still leads by two on 12 under, with American Peter Uihlein, and South Africans Jbe Kruger and Trevor Fisher Jnr his nearest challengers on 10 under.
And both Kruger and Uihlein in particular have plenty to prove in Saturday’s third round.
The newly-married Kruger says he’s been taking much of the inspiration from his solid performance this week from his new bride, Denise.
“She just brings a smile to my face when I stride down the fairways,” says Kruger.
And he’s not content with simply being the leading South African in the field either.
“I don’t want to be leading South African. I want to be the leading player overall once the last putt is holed on Sunday.”
Uihlein continued his encouraging return from injury. The American had battled through wrist pain in the early part of last season, achieving consecutive top tens in Malaysia, Australia and Thailand, but underwent surgery in May after his withdrawal from the Volvo China Open.
The 27 year old played just three more events in the 2016 campaign and after starting the new season with a missed cut at the Australian PGA Championship, finished 14th at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
That progress has continued at Glendower Golf Club with opening rounds of 70-64 leaving Uihlein just two shots off the lead, and he revealed playing with friends has been a major part of his recovery.
“I don’t like to lose a lot of money so I have had to be on my game at home! I have been feeling good so the expectations were pretty high coming here so I am pleased with where I am. I just need to keep it going for the weekend.”
Ernie Els, Sir Nick Faldo and Retief Goosen all missed the cut. – Sunshine Tour/European Tour