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Haig holds on to lead but Groenewald gets closer at Kyalami

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Six-time IGT Tour winner Coert Groenewald reeled in first round pacesetter Anton Haig, while Justin Turner and Terence Boardman moved within five shots of the lead in Wednesday’s second round of the Kyalami Open.
Haig set the first round target at Kyalami Country Club with a flawless 63.
Although he didn’t fire with the same accuracy on day two, the former European Tour leader reversed four bogeys and birdied the par five 18th to protect his overnight lead with a one-under-par 71.
Haig will start the final round at 10 under 134, two shots clear of Groenewald, who closed with a 70.
Turner carded 70 and Boardman 69 to tie for third at five under, while Eddie Taylor’s flawless 67 earned him the bragging rights for the low round of the day and a share of fifth at 140 with Sheldon Steyn from Zimbabwe and IGT tour rookie Matthew Spacey, who shot 68 and 69 respectively.
Groenewald dropped two shots early in the round, but turned the tide when he holed a two foot putt for birdie just before the turn.
‘I missed two putts from four feet for par for the drops at three and eight,’ said the 27-year-old Roodepoort professional.
‘I just found the greens a little tricky today, especially over the opening stretch, but I started to hit my irons close from nine and managed to get a few more in the hole.’
He added two more gains at 11 and 13 and made a superb birdie at 16to get to four under.
‘I hit my tee shot left into the trees, but I had a gap to the green,’ he said. ‘I striped an eight-iron 182 meters right of the green and holed a 20-footer for birdie. It was a real let-down when I three-putted 17 for bogey, but I got the shot back with a great birdie at 18.
‘I drove the ball to the edge of the fairway, but my seven-iron approach in landed right of the green and I left myself about 20 metres to the pin. I chipped to two feet and boxed the putt. It was such a great way to finish the round and get a bit of confidence before the final round.’
In early January, Groenewald claimed a two stroke victory in the final IGT Tour Race to Q-School at Wingate Park Country Club, which won him the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School Series Order of Merit.
‘I went to Q-School full of the joys of life, but I fell sick and shot a 76 in the second round,’ he said.
‘That one round killed me. That one week determines your future, but a round like that puts you on the back foot and it’s just one huge struggle to make it.
‘I’m working hard this season to hit my peak for the next Q-School and a good finish will go a long way to set the tone for this year.’
Spacey, who missed the first cut at Q-School, was equally pleased to be in contention.
‘This year is all about conditioning for the next Q-School,’ said the 25-year-old. ‘I’m working on my game, specifically on the aspects that need to improve and I’m working really hard on my fitness.
‘I really enjoy the competitive environment here on the IGT Tour and the chance to test my game against the Sunshine Tour pros. It feels pretty good when you can keep pace with them, or even upstage a few, because it means you are moving in the right direction.’

Picture of Groenewald by CJ du Plooy

SECOND ROUND SCORES
134 – Anton Haig 63 71
136 – Coert Groenewald 66 70
139 – Justin Turner 69 70, Terence Boardman 70 69
140 – Eddie Taylor 73 67, Sheldon Steyn ZIM 72 68, Matthew Spacey 71 69
141 – Sam Botham ENG 69 72
142 – Damian Naicker 73 69, Dylan O’Leary 74 68, Norman Beggs 74 68
143 – John McClean NIR 73 70, Pieter Moolman 70 73, Hilton Hughes (AMA) 74 69, Marco de Beer (AMA) 69 74, Jacques De Villiers 72 71
144 – Duane Keun 70 74, Steven Le Roux (AMA) 71 73, Calvin Caldeira 75 69
145 – Bryce Myburgh 73 72, Louis Taylor 71 74, Juan Langeveld 69 76, Owen Grobler 74 71
146 – Leon Visser (AMA) 75 71, Keaton Slatter (AMA) 72 74, Matthew Adams (AMA) 74 72, Christo Hattingh 74 72
147 – Alastair Waddell ENG 75 72, Jonathan Waschefort 74 73, Eric Nel (AMA) 75 72, Gregg Blainey ENG 73 74
148 – Ryan Woolley (AMA) 74 74, Thabi Ngcobo (AMA) 76 72, CJ Levey 76 72, TJ Bekker 71 77, Quintin Crause (AMA) 74 74
149 – Ricardo Towell 75 74, Armand Azar (AMA) 72 77, Clinton Cheia 75 74
150 – Burger Heckroodt 78 72, Basil Wright 79 71, Michael Kok (AMA) 76 74
151 – Matthew Vogel 77 74, Dean Du Plessis (AMA) 77 74, Dwayne Coetzee 75 76
152 – Maverick Faber (AMA) FRA 77 75
153 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 75 78, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 77 76, Matt Wollman (AMA) ZIM 76 77, Louis Botha 76 77

Missed the cut:-
155 – Tristan Maharaj (AMA) 73 82, Rodger Govender 77 78, Gerard Du Plooy 78 77
156 – Michael Petersen 74 82, Igor Milicic SRB 76 80
157 – Sam Metcalfe (AMA) 81 76, Tristan Nel (AMA) 81 76, Jacques De Villiers (AMA) 78 79, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 81 76, Byron Garvie 79 78
158 – Alpheus Kelapile 78 80, Hanko Bothma (AMA) 79 79, Conway Kunneke 82 76
159 – Richard Tsai (AMA) 81 78, Michael Schutz (AMA) 77 82, Duan Nagel (AMA) 74 85
160 – WM Coetzee (AMA) 79 81, Stephen Forsyth (AMA) 81 79
161 – Brendan Britten (NAM) 83 78, Jaco Van Der Merwe (AMA) 77 84
162 – Glynne Taute (AMA) 83 79, Ruan Enslin (AMA) 83 79, Wayne du Toit 88 74
163 – Digby Edgley (AMA) ENG 85 78


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