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Two-score Strydom trails by two on tough day at the Eye of Africa

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He posted two scores on Friday at the Eye of Africa PGA Championship, and at the end of a long day, Ockie Strydom had a 36-hole total of eight-under-par to show for it with nearly half the field still to complete their second rounds.
He trailed first-round leader Andrew Curlewis and a resurgent Danie van Tonder by two shots, a position he shared with two-time champion Jaco van Zyl, and was in turn one-stroke ahead of a group on seven-under-par consisting of Kevin Phelan of Ireland, Zimbabwe’s Mark Williams, Toby Tree of England, Vaughn Groenewald and Garth Mulroy.
‘It was tough out there this afternoon,’ said Strydom. ‘The wind was not easy, and it is playing a big role. You’ve got to shape the ball on this course. The greens were a little bit trickier too.’
There were times during the first round, which was disrupted by two breaks for dangerous weather, when Strydom must have felt he had drawn the short straw when the draw was made.
‘Yesterday was a long day,’ he said, ‘but I just kept myself calm and told myself that it was going to happen. And that paid off in the end and I was very happy with my 66.’
Strydom started his second round on the 10th, and immediately dropped two shots. But he picked them up ahead of the turn with birdies on 13 and 17. He had three more birdies on the way in, with a bogey on the fourth for his two-under-par 70.
Amongst the players who also managed to complete their second rounds was Phelan, who carded a five-under-par 67 to move to seven-under for the tournament ahead of the 36-hole cut.
”It was very tidy out there,’ said Phelan. ‘I didn’t really waste many shots. It was good. I just made the one bogey, when my hand slipped on the club on the seventh because of sweat, and then I couldn’t get it up and down.’
For Strydom, after an afternoon of having his feet up and watching the scoreboard, he can contemplate the chances of a good finish. ‘I’ve been in the running a few times,’ he said, ‘and I couldn’t convert the chances. So I hope I can pull a win out of the hat.’

Picture of Strydom courtesy of Gallo Images

Incomplete scores:
-10 – Danie van Tonder (RSA) 67 (-5) [15], Andrew Curlewis (RSA) 64 (-2) [12]
-8 – Ockie Strydom (RSA) 66 70, Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) 68 (-4) [15]
-7 – Kevin Phelan (IRL) 70 67, Garth Mulroy (RSA) 70 (-5) [15], Mark Williams (ZIM) 70 (-5) [15], Toby Tree (ENG) 66 (-1) [12],Vaughn Groenewald (RSA) 68 (-3) [12]
-6 – Matthew Carvell (RSA) 69 69, Michael Palmer (RSA) 69 69, Bryce Easton (RSA) 69 69, Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 68 70,Dean Burmester (RSA) 70 (-4) [15], Scott Vincent (ZIM) 68 (-2) [12]
-5 – Doug McGuigan (SCO) 68 71, Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 72 67, Jacques Blaauw (RSA) 68 (-1) [15],Richard Sterne (RSA) 69 (-2) [12], Derik Ferreira (RSA) 69 (-2) [9]
-4 – Christiaan Basson (RSA) 70 70, Oliver Bekker (RSA) 67 73, Daniel Greene (RSA) 71 69, Wallie Coetsee (RSA) 69 (-1) [15],Jbe’ Kruger (RSA) 67 (+1) [15], Alexander Knappe (GER) 69 (-1) [15], Darren Fichardt (RSA) 70 (-2) [12],Ruan de Smidt (RSA) 70 (-2) [12], Bryandrew Roelofsz (RSA) 72 (-4) [12]
-3 – Steven Ferreira (RSA) 70 71, Stephen Ferreira (POR) 73 68, Jacques Kruyswijk (RSA) 67 74, James Kamte (RSA) 69 72,Jaco Prinsloo (RSA) 72 69, Theunis Spangenberg (RSA) 72 69
-2 – Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 74 68, Rhys West (RSA) 71 71, Russel Franz (RSA) 71 71, Rourke van der Spuy (RSA) 69 (+1) [15],Chris Swanepoel (RSA) 67 (+3) [15], Teboho Sefatsa (RSA) 72 (-2) [12], Andrew Georgiou (CYP) 71 (-1) [12],Makhetha Mazibuko (RSA) 69 (+1) [9]
-1 – Tyrone Ferreira (RSA) 70 73, Steve Surry (ENG) 71 72, Grant Veenstra (RSA) 73 70, Thanda Mavundla (RSA) 73 70,Christofer Blomstrand (SWE) 70 73, Gideon Pienaar (RSA) 72 71, Jonathan Agren (SWE) 71 72, Hennie du Plessis (RSA) 72 71,Tyrone Mordt (RSA) 71 (Par) [15], Shaun Norris (RSA) 74 (-3) [15], Zander Lombard (RSA) 73 (-2) [12], Leorin Pillay (RSA) 74 (-3) [9]

Projected cut:
Par – Oscar Stark (SWE) 73 71, Derick Petersen (RSA) 73 71, Neil Schietekat (RSA) 70 74, Mark Murless (RSA) 69 75,Rhys Enoch (WAL) 72 72, Zachary Portemont (USA) 72 72, Bobby Wyatt (USA) 73 (-1) [15], Merrick Bremner (RSA) 73 (-1) [15],Lyle Rowe (RSA) 72 (Par) [12]
+1 – JJ Senekal (RSA) 70 75, Jean-Paul Strydom (RSA) 77 68, Morne Buys (RSA) 74 71, Divan van den Heever (RSA) 75 70,Bryce Bibby (RSA) 73 72, Jeff Inglis (ENG) 68 77, Antonio Rosado (POR) 72 73, Grant Muller (RSA) 71 74,Alex Haindl (RSA) 70 (+3) [12], Gert Myburgh (RSA) 74 (-1) [9]
+2 – Michael du Toit (RSA) 72 74, Alan McLean (SCO) 75 71, Ryan Tipping (RSA) 73 73, Breyten Meyer (RSA) 73 73,Lindani Ndwandwe (RSA) 76 70, Callie Swart (RSA) 72 74, Jaco Ahlers (RSA) 72 (+2) [12], Bryn Flanagan (RSA) 73 (+1) [9]
+3 – CJ du Plessis (RSA) 72 75, Dwayne Basson (RSA) 72 75, Bradford Vaughan (RSA) 73 74, Charl Coetzee (RSA) 73 74,Anthony Michael (RSA) 75 72, Louis de Jager (RSA) 76 71, Etienne Bond (RSA) 73 74, Stuart Smith (BOT) 78 69,Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) 72 (+3) [15], Keith Horne (RSA) 76 (-1) [12], Callum Mowat (RSA) 76 (-1) [12],Michiel Bothma (RSA) 75 (Par) [12], MJ Viljoen (RSA) 76 (-1) [9], Gavin Moynihan (IRL) 77 (-2) [9]
+4 – Martin Rominger (SUI) 71 77, Gerrit Foster (RSA) 75 73, Allan Versfeld (RSA) 74 74, Andre de Decker (RSA) 76 72,Kevin Rundle (RSA) 77 71, Brett Liddle (RSA) 74 74, Johnny Evans (ENG) 74 74, Jake Redman (RSA) 75 (+1) [15],Jared Harvey (RSA) 72 (+4) [12]
+5 – Colin Nel (RSA) 78 71, Omar Sandys (RSA) 75 74, Sipho Bujela (RSA) 75 74, Pieter Kruger (RSA) 73 76,Jean Hugo (RSA) 74 (+3) [12], Jeff Hopkins (IRL) 79 (-2) [12], Juan Swart (RSA) 73 (+4) [9]
+6 – Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) 76 74, Toto Thimba (Jnr) 78 72, Desvonde Botes (RSA) 75 75, Trevor Mahoney (RSA) 78 72,Jason Viljoen (RSA) 81 69, Ruan Pretorius (RSA) 77 73, Armandt Scholtz (RSA) 75 75, PH McIntyre (RSA) 74 (+4) [15],Titch Moore (RSA) 73 (+5) [15], Justin Walters (RSA) 71 (+7) [15], Jason Froneman (RSA) 74 (+4) [9]
+7 – JC Ritchie (RSA) 75 76, Blanche Lamprecht (RSA) 73 78, Teaghan Gauche (RSA) 75 76, Tyron McComb (RSA) 80 71,Kenneth Dube (RSA) 79 72
+8 – Owen Grobler (RSA) 75 77, Le Roux Ferreira (RSA) 79 73
+9 – Tyrone Ryan (RSA) 77 76, Christo Roos (RSA) 75 78, Ian Eveleigh (RSA) 77 76
+10 – Ryan Reid (RSA) 78 76, Werner van Niekerk (RSA) 78 76, Greg Bentley (ZIM) 77 77, Irvin Mazibuko (RSA) 81 (+1) [15],Nemanja Savic (SRB) 78 (+4) [9]
+11 – Reece Mayberry (RSA) 75 80, Justin Harding (RSA) 80 (+3) [12]
+12 – Drikus van der Walt (RSA) 72 84, Altus Kapp (RSA) 72 84, Arthur Horne (SWZ) 76 80, Siphiwe Siphayi (RSA) 79 (+5) [9]
+13 – Jason Diab (RSA) 80 77
+14 – Stefan Engell Andersen (KEN) 82 76
+15 – Gregory Jacobs (RSA) 79 80, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 82 77
+16 – Calvin Pearson (RSA) 74 86
+17 – Rudy Whitfield (RSA) 83 78, Neal Herman (RSA) 85 76
+19 – Marius Mizen (RSA) 81 82
+23 – Clifford Ndou (RSA) 78 89
RTD – Mikhail Tewary (RSA) RTD, Michael Hollick (RSA) 78 RTD
DSQ – Godfrey Mphaga (RSA) DSQ


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