SA Open

Kingston fights back

2009-12-18 21:20
James Kingston
Paarl - Former champion James Kingston had the round of the day as his six-under-par 66 listed him to within five shots of the lead of the South African Open Championship being played at Pearl Valley Golf Estates.

Kingston, the 2007 winner, trails Alfred Dunhill Championship winner Pablo Martin after the Spaniard moved to 11-under for the tournament with his four-under 68 in the second round.

Between Kingston and the lead are Sunshine Tour Order of Merit leader Anders Hansen on Denmark on nine-under, Spain’s Alejandro Canizares on eight-under, and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and Italian world Cup winner Edoardo Molinari on seven-under.

Kingston shares sixth place with countryman Dawie van der Walt, Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva and first-round leader Martin Erlandsson of Sweden.

“I have put myself back in the tournament,” said Kingston, who won the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Germany in September for his second title on the European Tour after his 2007 SA Open win.

“It’s a nice feeling to know you’re back in there. Anything can happen over the weekend,” he added.

With the wind coming up in the afternoon, Kingston’s ability in those conditions was always going to propel him up the leaderboard.

“I think that suits my game a little better... if you hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens and you just keep making pars rather than having to make birdies to move forward,” he said.

He made a lot of birdies in his second round after opening with an error-strewn 72 on the opening day. He picked up five on his way out, with just a single bogey, and two more birdies on his way home ensured he would be within striking distance of the lead.

“A little more wind, slightly more testing conditions won’t make it easier, but it will make it easier for me to move forward in the field,” he said.

It’s going to take a special effort to catch Martin – or a collapse of significant proportions from the man who won his maiden professional title last week.

He responds to pressure well, as he did when he double-bogeyed the 17th in round two: He hammered his driver down the 18th fairway, and then used it again to get closer to the green of the 550-metre par-five hole than anyone else on the day.

The result was a birdie and he regained one of the lost shots.

“I think you need to take advantage of the par-fives on this golf course,” he said.

It’s either that, or playing the kind of steady golf which Hansen does to such great effect: “Golf is more than just hitting perfect golf shots,” he said.

“I believe that if you keep plugging at it, good things will happen,” he said, and they did with a 25-footer for birdie on the 15th, and a bunker shot into the hole for birdie on 17.

He got it to three-under for the round, and, in the process, all but sewed up the Order of Merit, with his nearest rival Charl Schwartzel just making the cut.

“You know, I won the Joburg Open earlier this year and I came from the cut. So it’s possible,” warned Hansen.

Three amateurs made the cut: JG Claassen and Dylan Fritelli on one-under and Ryan Dreyer on one-over.

Defending champion Richard Sterne had a good second round with his three-under 69 lifting him to four-under for the tournament. It’s seven off the pace, but within striking distance of a player who can go low.
 
Scores (RSA unless specified):

133 - Pablo Martin (ESP) 65 68
135 - Anders Hansen (DEN) 66 69
136 - Alejandro Canizares (ESP) 69 67
137 - Louis Oosthuizen 68 69, Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 68 69
138 - Dawie van der Walt 65 73, Adilson da Silva (BRA) 69 69, Martin Erlandsson (SWE) 64 74, James Kingston 72 66
139 - Fredrik Andersson Hed (SWE) 71 68, Callum Macaulay (SCO) 70 69, Richard Finch (ENG) 68 71, Shiv Kapur (IND) 71 68
140 - Richard McEvoy (ENG) 71 69, Richard Sterne 71 69, Thomas Aiken 69 71, Michael Hoey (NIR) 70 70
141 - Andrew Coltart (SCO) 74 67, Carl Suneson (ESP) 71 70, Michiel Bothma 68 73, Jean Hugo 72 69, Kenneth Ferrie (ENG) 71 70, George Coetzee 74 67, Carlos Rodiles (ESP) 70 71, Damien McGrane (IRL) 69 72, Chris Swanepoel 72 69
142 - Branden Grace 72 70, Tyrone Ferreira 71 71, Richie Ramsay (SCO) 67 75, Alan McLean (SCO) 69 73, Joost Luiten (NED) 73 69, Ulrich van den Berg 69 73, Soren Hansen (DEN) 70 72, Scott Dunlap (USA) 72 70
143 - Gareth Maybin (NIR) 75 68, Steve Basson 73 70, Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 69 74, JG Claassen (AMA) 74 69, Dion Fourie 71 72, Dylan Frittelli (AMA) 69 74, Andre Cruse 72 71, Michael Jonzon (SWE) 68 75, Jaco Van Zyl 76 67, Brandon Pieters 74 69, John Bickerton (ENG) 73 70, Jbe' Kruger 72 71, Rhys Davies (WAL) 73 70, Keith Horne 71 72, Peter Karmis 70 73
144 - Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP) 79 65, Simon Khan (ENG) 73 71, Oskar Henningsson (SWE) 74 70, Darren Fichardt 73 71, Garth Mulroy 72 72, Gary Murphy (IRL) 75 69, Fredrik Ohlsson (SWE) 71 73, Oliver Bekker 72 72, Grant Muller 72 72, Sam Hutsby (ENG) 71 73, James Kamte 70 74, Louis Moolman 70 74, Jacques Blaauw 69 75, Mikael Lundberg(SWE) 74 70, Marco Ruiz (PAR) 74 70
145 - Peter Whiteford(SCO) 73 72, Lindani Ndwandwe 72 73, Charl Schwartzel 77 68, Marc Cayeux (ZIM) 73 72, David Hewan 77 68, David Drysdale (SCO) 75 70, Doug McGuigan 70 75, Thabang Simon 75 70, Pelle Edberg (SWE) 76 69, Richard Bland (ENG) 73 72, Ryan Dreyer (AMA) 73 72, TC Charamba (ZIM) 73 72, Robert Rock (ENG) 71 74, Markus Brier (AUT) 71 74, Paul Waring (ENG) 73 72, James Morrison (ENG) 72 73

Missed the cut:-

146 - Ignacio Garrido (ESP) 76 70, Anton Haig 75 71, Shane Lowry (IRL) 78 68, Christiaan Basson 76 70, Jake Roos 73 73, Josh Cunliffe 73 73, Phillip Price (WAL) 72 74, Titch Moore 73 73, Jamie Elson (ENG) 70 76
147 - Desvonde Botes 74 73, Mark F Haastrup (DEN) 76 71, Tyrone van Aswegen 76 71, Keenan Davidse 76 71, Albert Pistorius 76 71, Bennie van der Merwe 72 75
148 - Alex Haindl 82 66, Charl Coetzee 76 72, Neil Schietekat 74 74, Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 76 72, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 79 69, Gavan Levenson 72 76, Ross McGowan (ENG) 77 71, Robert Coles (ENG) 73 75, Jarmo Sandelin (SWE) 76 72
149 - Hendrik Buhrmann 74 75, Andrew Butterfield (ENG) 77 72, Mikko Ilonen (FIN) 77 72, David Dixon (ENG) 75 74, Julien Quesne (FRA) 76 73, Steven Jeppesen (SWE) 77 72, Julien Guerrier (FRA) 73 76, Stuart Clark (WAL) 72 77, Sam Little (ENG) 74 75, Barry Lane (ENG) 76 73, Trevor Fisher Jnr 75 74, Andrew Curlewis 78 71
150 - Irvin Mazibuko 79 71, Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 74 76, Mark Murless 74 76, Eirik Tage Johansen (NOR) 75 75, John Parry (ENG) 76 74, Shaun Norris 78 72
151 - Neil Cheetham (ENG) 79 72, Gary Boyd (ENG) 77 74, Ariel Canete (ARG) 72 79, Chris Williams 71 80, Gary Clark (ENG) 75 76
152 - Alan Michell 79 73, Bradford Vaughan 74 78, Derick Petersen 81 71, Warren Abery 80 72, Des Terblanche 73 79, Oliver Fisher (ENG) 75 77, Justin Walters (ENG) 75 77, Andrew Tampion (AUS) 82 70, Adrian Ford (AMA) 75 77
153 - Prinavin Nelson 79 74, Reggie Adams 77 76, Clinton Whitelaw 77 76, Eugen Marugi 78 75
154 - Gary Lockerbie (ENG) 79 75, Jaco Ahlers 76 78, Deane Pappas 75 79, Trevor Dodds (NAM) 77 77
156 - Peter Baker (ENG) 77 79, Christian Ries 76 80
157 - Nic Henning 75 82, Wayne Westner 77 80, Merrick Bremner 82 75
158 - Heinrich Bruiners 83 75, Divan van den Heever 79 79
159 - Leon Knoll (AMA) 81 78, Tyrone Mordt 81 78
160 - Dean Lambert 76 84
RTD - Hennie Otto RTD RTD, Omar Sandys 84 RTD
 

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