Sun City - Scotland's Paul Lawrie leads the
Nedbank Challenge by one stroke after finishing the second round with a
four-under-par total of 140 Friday, but rivals are breathing down his
Martin Kaymer of Germany equalled Lawrie's second round 69
and his 141 total leaves him trailing Lawrie by just one stroke at the
7162-metre Gary Player Country Club course.
Kaymer shot five
birdies at the northwest tourism resort of Sun City, blasting from
tee-off with under-par putts at the second, fourth and seventh holes.
But the 30-year-old played down his strong performance.
"The first two, three hours are not as easy as they look on tv," he said.
"You have to get the putt right."
Consistent play in the rest of the round sealed his score.
just hit a lot of good golf, actually. Even my 15th and 16th I had good
chances for birdie. Unfortunately you can't make all the putts," he
Especially thick kikuyu roughs have proven a tough challenge
for the 12 elite players at the invitational challenge known as the
First round joint-leader Bill Haas from the United States fell to third place after a one-over-par 73.
total of 143 left him tied with Francesco Molinari of Italy, as well as
South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, three strokes off
Defending champion Englishman Lee Westwood trails Lawrie by four strokes with a level par total of 144.
is an apt description for the other first round leader, Belgium's
Nicolas Colsaerts, whose two bogeys and two double-bogeys saw him drop
to four-over-par 148, tied with South African Garth Mulroy, whose round
of 73 drew him one up from the bottom of the table.
is the highest-ranked player, England's world number four Justin Rose.
The only one with a worst round than Colsaerts, Rose carded 79 for an
140 - Paul Lawrie(SCO) 71 69
141 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 72 69
143 - Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 72 71, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 72 71, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 71 72, Bill Haas (USA) 70 73
144 - Lee Westwood (ENG) 71 73
145 - Peter Hanson (SWE) 72 73
147 - Carl Pettersson (SWE) 72 75
148 - Garth Mulroy (RSA) 75 73, Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 70 78
152 - Justin Rose (ENG) 73 79