Andy on track at the halfway mark

SA Open Championship: Round 2Andy Sullivan managed a round of two-under-par 70 to retain his lead midway through the second round of the South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club on Friday.

“When I find myself in these positions, I find myself enjoying it more. It’s where you want to be isn’t it? I just try and enjoy every minute of it, playing with the guys who you’ve always wanted to play with when you watched them growing us a kid. So it’s just great to be here really,” he said.

The Englishman overcame the penal rough in Ekurhuleni to claim a one-shot lead over Charl Schwartzel, who finished birdie, eagle, birdie and revived his chance at the title.

“It’s new territory for me to up there after two rounds,” said Sullivan. “Red figures out there is always good, so I’m really happy with the position I’m in.”

Schwartzel was struggling to get his round going and was level par with three to play, but he delivered some magic shots to wrap up the day.

“I think any time you finish like that it will turn whatever day you’ve had into a much better one. That’s how you turn a bad round into a good one. It’s also how you win golf tournaments,” he said.

His countryman Colin Nel and Denmark’s Lasse Jensen reached the halfway mark tied for third at six-under-par, while two-time Alfred Dunhill Championship winner Pablo Martin Benavides shot 68 to take up fifth place on five-under.

A cut to the final 65 and ties will occur at the close of the second round. Leading the morning field to that point was Sullivan, who’s excited about the coming two days.

“It’s nice to be where I am. Hopefully I can do it again in rounds three and four, and maybe blow the field away!” he said.

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