Schwartzel stays in the hunt

2012-11-17 11:01
Charl Schwartzel (Gallo Images)
Ekuhurleni - Moving day in golf is normally the third round of a tournament, but Charl Schwartzel started his moving day as he completed his second round of the South African Open Championship with a four-under-par 68.

After a storm forced players off the course before the second round was completed at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate, Schwartzel had to come back on Saturday morning and complete four holes.

“I was disappointed yesterday,” said Schwartzel, “because I got it going nicely and then that weather came in. As the weather changed, I made bogey and they called it off. I went to sleep last night with not a very nice feeling.”

But he reversed that trend very quickly in the morning with two birdies in his final four holes. “I was quite determined to come out this morning and see if I could get it to eight-under, which I did,” he said. “I’m very pleased with that and I put myself right back in there.”

He will start the third round five shots off the pace of halfway leader Henrik Stenson, in a share of fourth with Scotland’s Lloyd Saltman.

“Henrik has had two good rounds,” said Schwartzel of the 66-65 start posted by the Swede, “but that’s what’s out on this golf course, and I feel like I’ve got one of those, so I’m not too worried.”

Merrick Bremner also came back to finish off four holes, and he finished par-birdie-birdie-bogey to post a 10-under total, three behind Stenson, and one ahead of another Swede, Magnus A Carlsson, who is in third.

“My Swedish is not very good,” laughed Bremner, who will play with them in the third round. “I met Henrik a couple of years ago at Pearl Valley. I hope he remembers me, because I certainly remember him. I’ve never met Magnus, but it will be good fun, I’m sure.”

Bremner was unable to repeat his pyrotechnics of the opening round when he carded a course-record-equalling 64. “I hit a few poor ones, especially at the ninth, but I managed to regain focus and make a bogey there instead of a double.

“I just need to keep doing what I’ve been doing and hit some good tee shots, and I hope to set up some birdies,” he added.

Scores (RSA unless specified):
-13 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 66 65
-10 - Merrick Bremner 64 70
-9 - Magnus A Carlsson (SWE) 68 67
-8 - Lloyd Saltman (SCO) 70 66, Charl Schwartzel 68 68
-7 - Oliver Bekker 68 69, Michael Jonzon (SWE) 68 69, Craig Lee (SCO) 67 70
-6 - Allan Versfeld 69 69, Peter Whiteford(SCO) 69 69, Michiel Bothma 69 69, Darren Fichardt 68 70, Matthew Carvell 66 72
-5 - Adrien Bernadet (FRA) 68 71, Thomas Aiken 73 66, James Kingston 71 68, Marc Warren (SCO) 70 69, Jake Roos 68 71, Niclas Fasth (SWE) 70 69, Espen Kofstad (NOR) 69 70, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 70 69, Trevor Fisher Jnr 69 70, Richard Sterne 69 70, Jaco Ahlers 69 70
-4 - George Coetzee 70 70, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 69 71, Bradford Vaughan 70 70, Titch Moore 71 69, HP Bacher (AUT) 70 70, Steven Tiley (ENG) 69 71, Martin Kaymer (GER) 70 70, Oscar Floren (SWE) 70 70
-3 - Peter Gustafsson (SWE) 71 70, David Hewan 71 70, Estanislao Goya (ARG) 69 72, Ruan de Smidt 72 69, Andrew Johnston (ENG) 71 70, Martin Wiegele (AUT) 72 69, Tyrone Ferreira 72 69, David Drysdale (SCO) 69 72, Matthew Southgate (ENG) 70 71, Branden Grace 72 69, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 70 71, Andy Sullivan (ENG) 71 70
-2 - Anthony Snobeck (FRA) 69 73, Maarten Lafeber (NED) 71 71, Jaco Van Zyl 70 72, Shaun Norris 72 70, Roope Kakko (FIN) 70 72, Neil Schietekat 73 69, Knut Borsheim (NOR) 73 69, Chris Swanepoel 73 69, Markus Brier (AUT) 71 71, Garth Mulroy 75 67, Lasse Jensen(DEN) 72 70, Aron Zemmer (ITA) 73 69, Desvonde Botes 71 71
-1 - Gareth Maybin (NIR) 73 70, Hennie Otto 71 72, Justin Harding 73 70, Alastair Forsyth (SCO) 71 72, Sam Walker (ENG) 71 72, Michael Hollick 72 71, James Kamte 69 74, Theunis Spangenberg 73 70, Ross Wellington 72 71

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