Home duo set Joburg pace

  • Last Updated: February 8 2013, 19:19 GMT

South Africa's Richard Sterne and Trevor Fisher Jnr are tied for the lead at the halfway stage of the Joburg Open, three shots clear of the chasing pack.

Richard Sterne: Holds joint halfway lead in Joburg
Richard Sterne: Holds joint halfway lead in Joburg

Sterne followed up his opening-day 63 with another blemish-free round of 65 on the east course to join early leader Fisher Jnr on 15 under par for the tournament.

Fisher Jnr had looked set to take a comfortable lead into the third day after he shot a blistering 62 on the west course, just one stroke outside Charl Schwartzel's course record.

However, Sterne, who was runner-up to Stephen Gallacher in the Dubai Classic last week, continued his good run of form to stay in contention for his sixth European Tour title at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Course.

A birdie on the opening hole and gains at the fourth and seventh saw him quickly close ground on his compatriot before an eight-foot putt at the ninth saw him claim an outward score of 33.

Sterne then added birdies on three of the last four holes which saw him catch up with Fisher Jnr and repeat his effort from the opening day of finishing the round joint top.

"I did the right things and putted well. It's nice to not be behind going into the weekend," Sterne told europeantour.com.

"It won't be easy on the weekend. The players that are five or six back can catch us as well. Charl's there, George (Coetzee) is due a win, so it's a long way from over."

Fisher Jnr, who was named Sunshine Tour Players' Player of the Year two days ago, shot an eagle and seven birdies on the way to a nine-under-par round of 62 on day two.

"It was a great day out there," Fisher Jnr said. "Everything just happened for me and I sank the putts I needed to sink.

"I was happy and patient with myself - walked slow and did everything slow - and it was just a good day."

Coetzee completed the all-South African top three on 12 under par while home favourite Schwartzel fired 65 on the west course to tie for fourth place alongside compatriot Keith Horne and Felipe Aguilar of Chile.

And Schwartzel was not surprised with Fisher Jnr's strong performance so far in the tournament.

He said: "We played foursomes for South Africa Under-23s - I know how good he can be."

England's Tommy Fleetwood finished on nine under par for the first two rounds after he carded 66 today to lie in a four-way tie for seventh while Scotland's David Drysdale and England's Richard Finch were another shot back in a cluster of nine players.

Collated second-round scores and totals (Gbr & Irl unless stated):

West Course (Par: 71)

128 Trevor Fisher Jnr (Rsa) 66 62

133 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 68 65

134 Tommy Fleetwood 68 66, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 69 65

135 David Drysdale 68 67, Bryce Easton (Rsa) 65 70, Ricardo Santos (Por) 70 65

136 Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 70 66, Tjaart Van Der Walt (Rsa) 67 69, Bjorn Akesson (Swe) 69 67, Tyrone Ferreira (Rsa) 66 70, Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 67 69, Oliver Fisher 68 68

137 George Murray 71 66, Jacques Blaauw (Rsa) 70 67, Merrick Bremner (Rsa) 68 69, Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 67 70, Tom Lewis 72 65, Jake Redman (Rsa) 66 71, James Kamte (Rsa) 70 67

138 Andy Sullivan 68 70, Garth Mulroy (Rsa) 70 68, Paul Waring 71 67, Justin Walters (Rsa) 71 67, Graeme Storm 76 62

139 Ulrich Van den berg (Rsa) 71 68, Gary Lockerbie 70 69, Justin Harding (Rsa) 69 70, Peter- Henric McIntyre (Rsa) 72 67, Allan Versfeld (Rsa) 66 73, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 72 67

The following players failed to make the cut:

140 Gareth Maybin 74 66, Matthew Zions (Aus) 69 71, Chris Swanepoel (Rsa) 72 68, Jorge Campillo (Spa) 69 71, Doug McGuigan 73 67, Derik Ferreira (Rsa) 71 69, Simon Wakefield 70 70, Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 71 69, Ross Wellington (Rsa) 71 69, Hendrik Buhrmann (Rsa) 70 70, Marc Warren 71 69, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 67 73, Ross McGowan 67 73

141 Brooks Koepka (USA) 71 70, Craig Lee 73 68, Lyle Rowe (Rsa) 69 72, Shaun Norris (Rsa) 71 70, Daniel Brooks 74 67, Neil Schietekat (Rsa) 71 70, James Morrison 74 67

142 Alex Haindl (Rsa) 70 72, Callum Macaulay 70 72, Anthony Michael (Rsa) 72 70, Matthew Nixon 70 72, Keenan Davidse (Rsa) 75 67, Branden Grace (Rsa) 72 70, Chris Paisley 74 68, Seve Benson 69 73, Vaughn Groenewald (Rsa) 73 69

143 Alan McLean 74 69, Danny Willett 70 73, Dawie Van Der Walt (Rsa) 74 69, Andrew Marshall 73 70, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 72 71, Jj Senekal (Rsa) 72 71, Peter Karmis (Rsa) 69 74, Teboho Sefatsa (Rsa) 70 73

144 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 71 73, Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 75 69, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 73 71, Andrew Georgiou (Rsa) 71 73, Eddie Pepperell 74 70, Matteo Delpodio (Ita) 73 71, Mark Foster 69 75, Chris Lloyd 75 69

145 Martin Wiegele (Aut) 73 72, Dean O'riley (Rsa) 74 71, Neil Cheetham 71 74, Markus Brier (Aut) 73 72, Eduardo De La Riva (Spa) 76 69, Morne Buys (Rsa) 75 70, Gary Stal (Fra) 74 71

146 Jonathan Raphunga (Rsa) 76 70, Warren Abery (Rsa) 74 72, Albert Pistorius (Rsa) 73 73, David Hewan (Rsa) 74 72

147 Peter Erofejeff (Fin) 74 73, Brandon Detweiler (Rsa) 78 69, Alastair Forsyth 77 70, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 72 75, Michael Gligic (Can) 72 75, Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 76 71

148 Michael Jonzon (Swe) 75 73, Mark Murless (Rsa) 76 72

149 Riekus Nortje (Rsa) 78 71, Daniel Greene (Rsa) 74 75

150 Estanislao Goya (Arg) 77 73, Richard McEvoy 80 70, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 75 75, Jean-paul Strydom (Rus) 75 75

152 Wayne Westner (Rsa) 77 75

153 Steven Ferreira (Rsa) 77 76

157 Nick Dougherty 79 78

164 Oscar Floren (Swe) 81 83

East Course (Par: 72)

128 Richard Sterne (Rsa) 63 65

131 George Coetzee (Rsa) 67 64

133 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 67 66, Keith Horne (Rsa) 67 66

134 Peter Uihlein (USA) 65 69, Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa) 66 68

135 Tyrone Mordt (Rsa) 65 70, Dean Burmester

67 68, Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) 63 72, Richard Finch 67 68, Mj Daffue (Rsa) 65 70, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 67 68

136 Oliver Bekker (Rsa) 68 68, James Kingston (Rsa) 66 70, Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 65 71

137 Ockie Strydom (Rsa) 66 71, Hennie Otto (Rsa) 70 67, Josh Cunliffe (Rsa) 67 70, Espen Kofstad (Nor) 66 71, Ryan Cairns

67 70

138 Brandon Pieters (Rsa) 69 69, Steve Webster 71 67, Adilson Da Silva (Bra) 66 72, Lasse Jensen (Den) 68 70, David Horsey 66 72, Gary Boyd 67 71, Danie Van Tonder (Rsa) 68 70, Alessandro Tadini (Ita) 67 71, Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 68 70

139 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 69 70, Jaco Ahlers (Rsa) 71 68, Phillip Price 68 71, Scott Henry 69 70, Bradford Vaughan (Rsa) 69 70, Lee Slattery 67 72, Michael Hollick (Rsa) 70 69, Alexandre Kaleka (Fra) 66 73, Gregory Havret (Fra) 70 69

The following players failed to make the cut:

140 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 69 71, Titch Moore (Rsa) 69 71, John Parry 69 71, Mikko Korhonen (Fin) 69 71, Anthony Snobeck (Fra) 68 72, Alexander Levy (Fra) 69 71, Christiaan Basson (Rsa) 68 72, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 67 73, Tyrone Van Aswegen (Rsa) 69 71, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 70 70, Atti Schwartzel (Rsa) 68 72

141 Joel Sjoholm (Swe) 70 71, Damien McGrane 66 75, Jean Hugo (Rsa) 69 72, Ryan Tipping (Rsa) 72 69, Louis De Jager (Rsa) 71 70, Matthew Southgate 70 71

142 Joachim B Hansen (Den) 69 73, Michiel Bothma (Rsa) 72 70, Desvonde Botes (Rsa) 71 71, Jamie Elson 68 74, Phillip Archer 72 70, Matthew Carvell (Rsa) 69 73, Charl Coetzee (Rsa) 71 71

143 Divan Van Den Heever (Rsa) 69 74, Peter Whiteford 72 71, Kristoffer Broberg (Swe) 71 72, Jared Harvey (Rsa) 71 72, Ruan De smidt (Rsa) 71 72, Wallie Coetsee (Rsa) 69 74, Colin Nel (Rsa) 72 71, Thabo Maseko (Rsa) 69 74, Sam Little 72 71, Andreas Harto (Den) 70 73

144 Divan Gerber (Rsa) 71 73, Mark Tullo (Chi) 70 74, Johan Du buisson (Rsa) 72 72, Scott Arnold (Aus) 71 73, David Higgins 71 73, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind) 71 73, Christopher Doak 73 71

145 Andrew Curlewis (Rsa) 70 75, Derick Petersen (Rsa) 70 75

146 Robert Rock 71 75, Jake Roos (Rsa) 73 73, Morten Orum Madsen (Den) 74 72

147 Rhys Davies 71 76, Francesco Laporta (Ita) 72 75, Moritz Lampert (Ger) 73 74

148 Chris Gane 76 72, Thabang Simon (Rsa) 72 76, Matthew Baldwin 72 76, Heinrich Bruiners (Rsa) 76 72, Johan De beer (Rsa) 70 78, Muswalo Nethunzwi (Rsa) 74 74, Sipho Bujela (Rsa) 72 76

150 Daniel Gaunt (Aus) 74 76, Grant Muller (Rsa) 75 75

152 James Busby 72 80, Theunis Spangenberg (Rsa) 74 78, Mark Williams (Rsa) 77 75, Omar Sandys (Rsa) 70 82

153 Ryan Strauss (Rsa) 74 79

154 Yubin Jung (Rsa) 76 78, JG Claassen (Rsa) 75 79, Guillaume Cambis (Fra) 70 84

156 Makgetha Mazibuko (Rsa) 77 79


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