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Cayeux in control

2009-01-31 09:14

WILD COAST – Just two dropped shots in two days left Zimbabwe’s Marc Cayeux on top of the halfway leaderboard of the Nashua Masters being played at the par-70 Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

The defending champion backed up his opening 66 with a second consecutive four-under with five birdies and his drop coming on the par-three 11th where he three-putted. He reached halfway in 132.

He was a single shot clear of three players on seven-under 133: Scotland’s David Drysdale also shot a 66, as did South Africa’s Jbe’ Kruger, whole Darren Fichardt dropped shots on 15 and 17 to slip out of the lead down to his share of second.

Fichardt had reached nine-under, but his putting touch deserted him on 15 and he never really got it back on the finishing stretch as he missed another sinkable effort for par on the 17th and his chance of the lead was gone.

It was putting that was important, said Cayeux: “Putting’s definitely going to be the key. Yesterday I had 32 putts and today I had 29 and I had the same score.”

And the reason putting became even more important during the second round was because the wind began to come up. “With the wind today, I was obviously missing more green in regulation than I should,” said Cayeux.

Behind the trio in second was recently-turned pro Riaan de Bruyn, who shot a two-under 68 to go with his opening 66 to reach 134 and England’s Ricky Lee, who mirrored De Bruyn’s scoring, and at 135 was the South African pair of Darryn Lloyd (69-66) and Alan Michell (68-67).

Cayeux noted that there were a lot of players poised to challenge going into the weekend as he pondered the chances of successfully defending his title: “I’m basically not trying to think of defending it, but just play and enjoy it,” he said.

He also acknowledged that the wind would play a role, and had already done so with those who got on the lucky side of the draw in the opening rounds. “The wind is picking up and I think I got the good side of the draw – afternoon then morning. These things are supposed to even out, but they never really do on the coast,” he added.

And he’s not about to relinquish that title without giving it his best shot: “I’m basically hitting a lot of good wind shots, striking it well, and holing a lot of crucial putts,” he said.

Scores (RSA unless specified):

132 - Marc Cayeux (ZIM) 66 66
133 - David Drysdale (SCO) 67 66, Jbe' Kruger 67 66, Darren Fichardt 66 67
134 - Riaan de Bruyn 66 68, Ricky Lee (ENG) 66 68
135 - Darryn Lloyd 69 66, Alan Michell 68 67
136 - Adilson da Silva (BRA) 69 67, Titch Moore 66 70, Tyrone van Aswegen 70 66, Christiaan Basson 69 67
137 - Alex Haindl 65 72, Nic Henning 70 67, Thomas Aiken 67 70, Michiel Bothma 69 68, Christian Ries 69 68, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 67 70, Jaco Van Zyl 68 69, Clinton Whitelaw 68 69
138 - Louis Moolman 70 68, Chris Williams 68 70, Warren Abery 69 69, Lindani Ndwandwe 69 69, Branden Grace 68 70, Doug McGuigan 68 70, Bafana Hlophe 68 70, Louis de Jager 68 70
139 - Martin Maritz 70 69, Peter Karmis 70 69, Justin Walters (ENG) 68 71, Mark Murless 70 69, Johan du Buisson 70 69, Callie Swart 69 70, Gerlou Roux 68 71, Oliver Bekker 71 68, Ross Wellington 72 67
140 - Henk Alberts 71 69, Vaughn Groenewald 70 70, Bradford Vaughan 68 72, Desvonde Botes 72 68, Jacques Blaauw 71 69, Andre Bossert (SUI) 71 69, Mark Williams 75 65, Jean Hugo 71 69, Ryan Tipping 68 72, Michael du Toit 69 71
141 - Bradley Davison 71 70, Jaco Ahlers 67 74, David Hewan 72 69, Tyrone Mordt 68 73, Alain Norris 74 67, Mohamed Tayob 70 71, Darren Holder 67 74, Charl Coetzee 71 70, Andrew Curlewis 72 69, Bobby Lincoln 70 71, Brandon Pieters 74 67, Alan McLean (SCO) 66 75, Grant Muller 72 69, Deane Pappas 68 73, Trevor Fisher Jnr 71 70, Robert Wiederkehr (SUI) 73 68
142 - Roy Mugglestone (ENG) 73 69, Rossouw Loubser 71 71, Nemanja Savic (SER) 74 68, Garry Hill 77 65, Jon Bethwaite 68 74, Sean Farrell (ZIM) 72 70, Andre Cruse 68 74, Albert Pistorius 77 65, Lyle Rowe 71 71, Nico van Rensburg 73 69

Missed the cut:-

143 - Cameron Johnston 74 69, Dylan Docherty 69 74, Wynand Dingle 71 72, Reggie Adams 71 72, Teboho Sefatsa 72 71, Bennie van der Merwe 72 71, Willie van der Merwe 73 70, John Bele 73 70, Neil Schietekat 74 69, Dale Burraston 72 71
144 - Omar Sandys 76 68, Thabang Simon 71 73, Shaun Norris 73 71, Thomas Raatgever 69 75, Mike Curtis (ZIM) 71 73, Ulrich van den Berg 73 71, Wallie Coetsee 70 74
145 - PH McIntyre 77 68, Dawie Van der Walt 75 70, Tyrone Ferreira 72 73, Attie Schwartzel 72 73, Divan van den Heever 72 73, Steve Basson 73 72, Dion Fourie 70 75, TC Charamba (ZIM) 74 71, Irvin Mazibuko 70 75, Joseph Mohulatsi 71 74, Niki Ferrari (GER) 71 74
146 - Ryan Thompson 73 73, Dean Lambert 71 75, Toto Thimba (Jnr) 78 68, Kieran Court 74 72, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 74 72, Merrick Bremner 68 78, Stuart Clark (WAL) 77 69
147 - Jeremy Kavanagh (ENG) 71 76, Heinrich Bruiners 77 70, Francois van Vuuren 72 75, Andrew Wilson 77 70
148 - Shaun Ellis 76 72, Keenan Paulsen 75 73, Prinavin Nelson 75 73, Steve van Vuuren 72 76, Jeff Hawkes 74 74, Theunis Spangenberg 74 74, Chris Davison 74 74, Eugen Marugi 73 75
149 - Johary Raveloarison (MAD) 74 75, PG van Zyl 75 74, Dismas Indiza (KEN) 74 75
150 - Jacques Beukes 75 75, Morne Buys 78 72, Tsietsi Chabangu 75 75, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 74 76, Brett Liddle 76 74, Callie Burger 72 78, Wesley Horngren 75 75
151 - Alphuis Kelapile 73 78, Josh Cunliffe 74 77
153 - Gerhard Trytsman 75 78, Juan Langeveld 75 78
154 - Francois Olivier 76 78, Don Black 78 76, Shika Letoaba 79 75
156 - Greg Upneck 77 79, Chris Moss (ENG) 78 78
158 - Roberto Lupini 76 82
159 - Gerhard Rautenbach 77 82
164 - Derick Petersen 77 87
166 - Clifford Ndou 85 81
RTD - Grant Veenstra 76 RTD

 

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