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Eagle earns Lloyd lead

2011-11-04 18:19

Port Edward – Darryn Lloyd hit two great two-irons into the 16th on Friday and the resulting eagle got him back into the lead right at the end of the second round of the R1.2-million Nashua Masters.

He signed for a one-over-par 71 to go to five-under-par for the tournament and take a one-stroke lead over Garth Mulroy into the weekend in the event being played at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

And, after turning in three-over-par 38 as the height of the poor weather – wind and rain battered most of the rest of the field – he was thankful to close in two-under 33 to edge ahead of Mulroy.

“It was difficult to stay patient in the beginning, because the holes that were downwind today were on the first nine, and I should have been scoring on them,” said Lloyd.

Instead, he made four bogeys in the opening seven holes. “I wasn’t hitting it that well today,” he said, “so I’m very pleased with the outcome.”

Like Lloyd, Mulroy finished fast with three consecutive birdies and he too was thankful the wind and the rain relented.

His fast finish lifted him to a one-under-par 69, one of the very few under-par rounds of the day, enough to get him to four-under for the tournament.

“It was tough to even stand over your ball,” said Mulroy of the winds that gusted up to 40 kilometres per hour from the south-west. “I backed off a lot. I got gusts blowing all over the place.”

And then the rain started coming down after he had made three bogeys on his opening nine to turn in 38. “The rain suits came on, the umbrellas came up, and you couldn’t even hold the umbrellas up,” he said. “It wasn’t fun there for a while.”

The day started with nobody able to make any headway on par, and before overnight leader Lloyd teed off, it looked as if Tyrone Mordt’s one-under-par clubhouse target might hold up into the third round.

“Luckily it calmed down a little bit for the last hour, and I was able to make some birdies,” said Mulroy.

Eventually, Mordt was joined on one-under by David Hewan, who came sixth in last year’s tournament, and took advantage of the calmer conditions to post a closing three-under 32 for his homeward nine after starting his round on the 10th.

Defending champion Warren Abery had much the worst of the weather, and he carded his second consecutive two-over-par 68 to find himself nine shots off the pace at four-over, as the cut was made at nine-over-par on a tough day.

Scores (RSA unless specified):

135 - Darryn Lloyd 64 71
136 - Garth Mulroy 67 69
139 - Tyrone Mordt 68 71, David Hewan 71 68
140 - Oliver Bekker 68 72
141 - Justin Harding 70 71, Theunis Spangenberg 70 71, Jaco Van Zyl 70 71, Daniel Greene 71 70, Shaun Norris 68 73, Charl Coetzee 70 71, Jean Hugo 68 73, Anthony Michael 72 69
142 - Neil Schietekat 70 72, George Coetzee 70 72, Adilson da Silva (BRA) 71 71, Andre Cruse 73 69, Wallie Coetsee 72 70
143 - Jacques Blaauw 73 70, Desvonde Botes 71 72, Merrick Bremner 74 69, Nic Henning 72 71, Brandon Pieters 71 72, Ulrich van den Berg 72 71, Martin Maritz 69 74
144 - Darren Fichardt 70 74, Callie Swart 69 75, Matthew Carvell 70 74, Warren Abery 72 72, Trevor Fisher Jnr 72 72, Willie van der Merwe 71 73
145 - Justin Walters 77 68, Alex Haindl 73 72, Josh Cunliffe 71 74, Jaco Ahlers 72 73, Jake Roos 71 74
146 - Robert Wiederkehr (SUI) 70 76, Chris Swanepoel 75 71, Doug McGuigan 73 73, PH McIntyre 74 72, Louis de Jager 74 72, Lindani Ndwandwe 70 76, Alan Michell 72 74, Jake Redman 77 69, Dean O'Riley 71 75, Lyle Rowe 75 71
147 - Vaughn Groenewald 71 76, Divan van den Heever 70 77, Andrew Curlewis 72 75, Dean Burmester 72 75, Johan Bekker 74 73
148 - Peter Wilson (ENG) 73 75, Brett Liddle 78 70, Thabang Simon 74 74, Dawie Van der Walt 75 73, Derik Ferreira 77 71, JJ Senekal 73 75, Stuart Clark (WAL) 68 80, Prinavin Nelson 76 72, Andrew Georgiou 76 72
149 - Steven Ferreira 76 73, James Kamte 76 73, David Ryan 72 77, Colin Nel 76 73, Mark Murless 75 74, Patrick Spindler 74 75
Missed the cut:-
150 - Jeff Inglis (ENG) 80 70, JG Claassen 75 75, Vickesh Singh 74 76, Mark Fensham 74 76, Allan Versfeld 73 77, Francois van Vuuren 77 73
151 - Toto Thimba (Jnr) 75 76, Grant Veenstra 76 75, Alexandre Chopard (SUI) 73 78, Ross Wellington 74 77, Morne Buys 73 78, Christiaan Basson 73 78
152 - Dane Vosloo 81 71, Teboho Sefatsa 76 76, Ben Mannix (ENG) 79 73, Bryce Easton 77 75, Omar Sandys 77 75, John McClean 78 74, Adrian Ford 78 74, Irvin Mazibuko 71 81, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 75 77, TC Charamba (ZIM) 75 77, Hendrik Buhrmann 76 76, Bennie van der Merwe 76 76, Derek Scullard 79 73
153 - JP van der Walt 75 78, Ryan Thompson 76 77, George Sauerman 75 78
154 - Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 76 78, Ryan Hood 72 82, Michael du Toit 74 80, Johan Etsebeth 78 76
155 - Des Terblanche 78 77, Andre van Zyl 75 80, Ali Tsai 75 80, Garry Hill 78 77
156 - Wynand Dingle 82 74, Michael McGrady 77 79, Diether Schuss 79 77, Divan Gerber 78 78
157 - Derick Petersen 82 75
158 - Ryan Tipping 74 84, Johan du Buisson 80 78
159 - Ignatius Mketekete (ZIM) 80 79, Attie Schwartzel 83 76, Wandile Gininda 77 82, Louis Moolman 74 85
160 - Mark Williams 73 87, Louis Calitz 77 83
161 - Lourens Kleynhans 84 77, Don Black 79 82, Ryan Strauss 78 83
162 - Michael Dreyer 81 81, Tsietsi Chabangu 81 81
164 - Drikus van der Walt 85 79
166 - Reggie Adams 85 81
168 - Tranos Muradzikwa (ZIM) 80 88
169 - Cameron Esau 82 87
170 - Marius Schutte 87 83
176 - Peter Dlamini (SWZ) 89 87
RTD - Bradford Vaughan 75 RTD, Grant Muller 80 RTD, Deane Pappas 79 RTD, Ockie Strydom 76 RTD
 

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