Bourdy atop Dunhill leaderboard

Gregory Bourdy carded his first drop of the tournament on Friday, but that was the only blemish on his impressive 65-stroke second round, which earned him a share of the halfway lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

“I’m feeling great and I played two good rounds. Many birdie opportunities again today, especially on the first holes. My game was again solid, and I made just one bogey today, so it was a great round again. It’s tough all week – you have to do the job over four rounds and that is difficult,” he said.

The three-time European Tour champion tore up his second nine in 30 blows and reached the clubhouse at 13-under-par. The total gives him an equal footing with Charl Schwartzel going into the weekend, where the top 65 and ties will contest for the €1,5-million on offer.

“It’s going to be an exciting weekend. Charl (Schwarztel) is a great player, one of the best in the world. In South Africa it’s always nice to play with some of the top players in the world on Saturday and Sunday. I like these guys, so it should be a great time,” said Bourdy.

The Frenchman started on the 10th and had a steady run over his first loop – a pair of birdies at the 13th and 14th would be his only deviance from par. His trip in was a different story and he frosted four birdies with an eagle at the par-four sixth.

“I chipped in for eagle on six. It’s driveable there, but I missed the green on the right side. In the rough and had a lob shot and it was the perfect shot. It’s the kind of shot you can’t do all the time, but this one was the right one,” he said.

There was plenty of movement on the leaderboard, with Darren Fichardt shooting a bogey-free 68 to take his tally to nine-under-par and claim sole third after 36 holes.

Louis de Jager and England’s Steve Webster both shot 69 to share fourth on eight-under. De Jager started on 10 and made birdie at the difficult ninth hole to finish three below the card.

“Today was a bit tougher out there and I didn’t hit the ball as well as yesterday. But my short game was good and I made a few crucial putts. I just stayed positive and patient and it worked out for me. There are still two days’ worth of hard work going forward, so I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

A journeyman on the Sunshine Tour for five years, the 25-year-old was excited about being in contention at the most lucrative event of his 2012 season.

“I really needed this – I haven’t been playing well this year, and it’s quite nice that I’ve kept the best for last. I’ve been working hard and sticking to my routines, and it looks like it’s paying off this week. Playing amongst the best shows you that you can also do it. It’s nice to see that you’re capable of playing with them,” he said.

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