Golf

Abery leads at Affinity

2011-11-09 18:20
Warren Abery (File)
Sun City - Tyrone Mordt shot 69 for round two of the Nedbank Affinity Cup and kept up with the pace as plenty of players went low at Lost City Golf Club on Wednesday.

Mordt, who started on the 10th, moved to eight-under-par and held second ahead of the cut in the R600 000 tournament, one stroke behind leader Warren Abery.

“The one thing that kept me up there today was my putting,” he said. “I just made the putts I needed to and kept the momentum going. Short game and putting helps a lot - there was a stretch where I wasn’t hitting it that well, but I made pars.”

Despite opening the round with a bogey at the 10th, Mordt would not be slowed and rocketed to two-under when he made a hat-trick of birdies from the 12th to the 14th.

“I think the course suits me, it suits my game. You’ve got to think a bit around here - you can’t overpower the course, you just have to position it,” said Mordt.

A bogey at the 16th restricted the 28-year-old’s pace and he carded a pair of pars to turn at one-under for the day.

A further two pars after the turn was Mordt’s way of refocusing, and from the third he began to charge again, producing another hat-trick of birdies from the third to the fifth. “Once I started to make some pars I calmed down and made greens, and from there the putts started sinking,” he said.

Mordt’s third bogey of the day came at the sixth, but he shrugged it off, played out to a string of pars and earned sole possession of second ahead of the final round.

Abery started on the back nine and fired on all cylinders to turn in 31. He went on to shoot 65 and closed the day one shot clear of the field. “Warren (Abery) is a good player, and he’s been there before, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. I just have to try and stick with him tomorrow,” said Mordt.

Defending champion Jake Roos finished at six-under and held third, three strokes off the pace.
“So far, so good - I’m just going to stick to my game-plan and hopefully less mistakes tomorrow,” said Mordt.

Scores:


135 - Warren Abery 70 65
136 - Tyrone Mordt 67 69
138 - Jake Roos 67 71
139 - Martin Maritz 71 68, Prinavin Nelson 70 69, Vaughn Groenewald 71 68
140 - Ockie Strydom 70 70
141 - Allan Versfeld 74 67, Des Terblanche 68 73, Doug McGuigan 72 69, Jaco Ahlers 70 71, Ulrich van den Berg 73 68, Grant Veenstra 68 73
142 - Andrew Curlewis 70 72, Deane Pappas 73 69, Theunis Spangenberg 71 71, Brandon Pieters 72 70, Thabang Simon 71 71, Morne Buys 72 70, David Hewan 74 68, Wallie Coetsee 71 71, Adrian Ford 72 70, Bryce Easton 72 70
143 - Hendrik Buhrmann 72 71, Jacques Blaauw 74 69, Trevor Fisher Jnr 73 70, Lyle Rowe 72 71, Michael du Toit 74 69, Dean O'Riley 69 74, JG Claassen 73 70, Ross Wellington 72 71, Darren Fichardt 70 73, Ryan Tipping 73 70
144 - Justin Harding 74 70
145 - Lindani Ndwandwe 74 71, Christiaan Basson 72 73, Louis Moolman 73 72, Andrew Georgiou 69 76, Steven Ferreira 68 77
146 - Charl Coetzee 73 73, Grant Muller 74 72, Callie Swart 73 73, Ryan Strauss 72 74
Missed the cut:-
147 - Anthony Michael 77 70, Irvin Mazibuko 76 71, Albert Pistorius 75 72, PH McIntyre 73 74, Desvonde Botes 77 70
148 - Andre Cruse 75 73, Colin Nel 74 74, Willie van der Merwe 74 74, Divan van den Heever 77 71
149 - Alan Michell 74 75, Merrick Bremner 75 74, Mark Murless 76 73, Jake Redman 76 73, Darryn Lloyd 79 70, Neil Schietekat 77 72, James Kamte 72 77
150 - TC Charamba (ZIM) 80 70, Oliver Bekker 79 71, Chris Swanepoel 78 72, Brett Liddle 76 74, Wynand Dingle 73 77
151 - Matthew Carvell 74 77, Attie Schwartzel 74 77, Alex Haindl 78 73, Ben Mannix (ENG) 78 73
152 - Ryan Thompson 78 74, Reggie Adams 76 76
153 - Omar Sandys 78 75
RTD - Clinton Whitelaw 67 RTD
 

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