South African Open – Long-range eagle on 17th gives lead to Schwartzel at South African Open


JOHANNESBURG — Charl Schwartzel sank a 75-yard eagle on his penultimate hole to card a second round eight under par 63 for the lead at the halfway point of the European Tour’s South African Open at the Randpark Golf Club on Friday.

Schwartzel’s 12 under par tournament total is one ahead of Zambian Madalitso Muthiya, who followed up his opening round 63 with a 68 on the tougher Firethorn Course.

With a massive 240 player field, the first two rounds are split between Firethorn and the shorter Bushwillow course which Schwartzel tackled in his second round.

Overnight leader Louis Oosthuizen managed nine birdies in his 62 on Thursday, but found the going much tougher on Firethorn with a 70 leaving him on 10 under par, tied for third with last weekend’s Mauritius Open winner, American Kurt Kitayama…

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