Sunshine Tour

Hicks ahead as storm delays PGA Championship

2017-02-10 18:36
Justin Hicks (Gallo Images)

Eikenhof - A pair of eagles on Friday for first-round leader Justin Hicks of the United States saw him card a four-under-par 68 and move to 13-under-par, good enough for the lead as a storm brought a premature end to play during the second round of the Eye of Africa PGA Championship.

The 42-year-old, who lives in Florida, had a three-stroke edge over Bloemfontein’s MJ Viljoen, who carded a second-round 69. In a share of third on nine-under were Daniel Greene, who had finished his round, and Tjaart van der Walt, who still had five holes to complete, but was in the process of compiling a scintillating round with six birdies through 13 holes.

“Both eagles were a little on the unexpected side,” said Hicks.

“Holing the wedge shot on four, you never really feel like you’re going to make those necessarily. I thought I might hit it close. And then I made a nice putt on 11. I think the ball was rolling a little faster than I anticipated, but it caught the hole and dropped in there.”

Behind Greene and Van der Walt, Doug McGuigan had completed his second round, his five-under-par 67 lifting him to eight-under, while Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Dean Burmester still had to complete their rounds, and were both also on eight-under. Bezuidenhout had five holes to complete, and Burmester seven.

Play in the second round will resume at 07:10 on Saturday, and the third round will not start before 10:00. Play in that third round will be in three-balls.

Incomplete scores:

-13 - Justin Hicks 63 68

-10 - MJ Viljoen 65 69

-9 - Daniel Greene 68 67, Tjaart van der Walt 69 (-6) [13]

-8 - Doug McGuigan 69 67, Christiaan Bezuidenhout 67 (-3) [13], Dean Burmester 66 (-2) [11]

-7 - Erik van Rooyen 69 68, Louis de Jager 67 70, Colin Nel 65 72, Ross McGowan 70 (-5) [14], Jacques Kruyswijk 69 (-4) [10]

-6 - Christiaan Basson 69 69, Mark Williams 68 70, Johary Raveloarison 70 68

-5 - Makhetha Mazibuko 73 66, Michael Palmer 68 (-1) [15], Darren Fichardt 70 (-3) [11], Rhys Enoch 72 (-5) [11]

-4 - Jonathan Agren 68 72, Francesco Laporta 74 (-6) [17], Titch Moore 73 (-5) [12], Steven Ferreira 69 (-1) [10]

-3 - Steve Surry 69 72, Wil Bateman 74 67, Chris Williams 70 71, Martin Rominger 70 71, Andrew Odoh 76 (-7) [16], Ryan Cairns 69 (Par) [15], Jean-Paul Strydom 69 (Par) [14], Anthony Michael 69 (Par) [14], Danie van Tonder 71 (-2) [13], Jaco Van Zyl 73 (-4) [11], Trevor Fisher Jnr 74 (-5) [11]

-2 - Jake Redman 71 71, Merrick Bremner 68 74, Grant Veenstra 75 (-5) [15], Jared Harvey 73 (-3) [13], Jaco Ahlers 73 (-3) [11], Dylan Frittelli 71 (-1) [10], Sipho Bujela 68 (+2) [10]

-1 - Gerrit Foster 74 69, Vaughn Groenewald 69 74, Neil Schietekat 70 73, CJ du Plessis 72 71, Jason Froneman 72 71, Teaghan Gauche 71 (Par) [16], Jean Hugo 72 (-1) [14], Rhys West 71 (Par) [13], Jacquin Hess 71 (Par) [11], Garth Mulroy 71 (Par) [10]

Par - Charl Coetzee 78 66, Antonio Rosado 71 73, Allan Versfeld 72 72, Andrew Georgiou 75 69, Lyle Rowe 70 74, Madalitso Muthiya 70 74, Toby Tree 74 70, Peter Karmis 72 72, Gert Myburgh 72 72, Tyrone Ferreira 70 (+2) [14], Ockie Strydom 70 (+2) [14], PH McIntyre 71 (+1) [11]

+1 - Dwayne Basson 73 72, Heinrich Bruiners 72 73, Keenan Davidse 75 70, Jaco Prinsloo 72 73, Jake Roos 73 72, Jason Viljoen 75 (-2) [16], Bryce Easton 74 (-1) [14], Ruan de Smidt 76 (-3) [14], Hennie du Plessis 70 (+3) [11]

Projected cut:

+2 - Jeff Inglis 70 76, Tyrone Ryan 70 76, Matthew Carvell 77 69, James Kingston 77 69, Gavin Moynihan 74 72, Wynand Dingle 72 (+2) [15], Andrew Curlewis 74 (Par) [13], Chris Swanepoel 74 (Par) [13], Ulrich van den Berg 75 (-1) [12], Thanda Mavundla 74 (Par) [11]

+3 - Ryan Tipping 73 74, Le Roux Ferreira 77 70, John Parkinson 75 72, Grant Muller 73 (+2) [15], JC Ritchie 75 (Par) [13], Wallie Coetsee 75 (Par) [12], Justin Harding 74 (+1) [11], Kenneth Dube 76 (-1) [10], Trevor Mahoney 74 (+1) [10]

+4 - Stefan Engell Andersen 73 75, Callum Mowat 72 76, Omar Sandys 72 76, Daniel Hammond 74 74, Desvonde Botes 76 (Par) [16], Dominic Foos 74 (+2) [14], Morten Orum Madsen 72 (+4) [12]

+5 - Bryn Flanagan 74 75, JJ Senekal 76 73, Michael Hollick 73 76, David Mofokeng 74 75, Neil Cheetham 74 75, Tyron McComb 75 (+2) [17], Rourke van der Spuy 73 (+4) [14], James Kamte 73 (+4) [13], Leorin Pillay 73 (+4) [9]

+6 - Pieter Kruger 73 77, Werner van Niekerk 75 75, Roux Jeffery 75 (+3) [17], Drikus van der Walt 75 (+3) [16], Andy Bean 77 (+1) [9]

+7 - Kevin Rundle 76 75, Divan Gerber 75 76, Brett Liddle 73 (+6) [10], Mohammad Rauf Mandhu 73 (+6) [10], Ruan Pretorius 73 (+6) [9]

+8 - Henk Alberts 77 75, Lindani Ndwandwe 73 (+7) [16]

+9 - Toto Thimba 76 77, Oliver Bekker 69 84, Theunis Spangenberg 76 (+5) [12], Juan Swart 81 (Par) [9]

+10 - Teboho Sefatsa 73 81, Paul Marks 72 82, Warren Abery 79 (+3) [14]

+11 - Morne Buys 78 77, Irvin Mazibuko 79 76, Keagan Beyer 74 81, Dayne Moore 81 (+2) [9]

+12 - Stephen Ferreira 76 80, Ruan Huysamen 78 (+6) [16], Johan Smit 78 (+6) [10]

+13 - Zander Lombard 72 85, Neal Herman 80 77

+14 - Russel Franz 83 75

+16 - MJ Daffue 80 80

+17 - Greg Bentley 84 77, Bryce Bibby 79 82

+18 - Allister de Kock 81 81, Pierre van Vuuren 86 (+4) [9]

+19 - Arthur Horne 83 80

+20 - Barend Wessels 80 84, Derick Petersen 87 (+5) [15], Siphiwe Siphayi 85 (+7) [14]

+23 - Clinton Grobler 82 85, Werner Kapp 86 (+9) [16]

+25 - Ian Eveleigh 85 84

WD - Jeff Hopkins 86 WD, Divan van den Heever 81 WD, Breyten Meyer 78 WD

RTD - Etienne Bond, Stuart Smith 72 RTD [9], Mark Murless 74 RTD [10], Andre de Decker 76 RTD [2], Robert Wiederkehr

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