Brilliant Blaauw flawless in Zambia

Blaauw_Rd2Jacques Blaauw carded a successive seven-under-par 65 in round two of the KCM Zambia Open to open up a three-shot lead over Jaco Ahlers.

Blaauw’s flawless bogey-free performance consisted of seven birdies, and the 30-year-old will be aiming to record a fourth Sunshine Tour win come Sunday.

“Yeah I’m definitely enjoying it. Today was one of those days – the back nine again, I seem to like the back nine – but the front nine I played steady and I had a couple birdies to finish and I fired again on the back nine. I’m very chuffed with how I’ve been playing,” he said.

“I’ve been close the last couple of years. I’ve come really close – I don’t know how many second place finishes there have been – but there have been a couple. Obviously to get into that winning feeling, it would be great. I will take everyday as it comes and hopefully I can just perform like I have been the last two days.”

Blauuw’s back-to-back 65s shows a man in form, however there is always some luck involved, and a final putt on the 9th green saw Blaauw hole a monster for birdie.

“I made a big putt on the last, I couldn’t believe it. I hit it almost back edge of the green and made the putt to the front hole location, so obviously luck was involved but I’m happy with how I played,” he explained.

With a three-shot lead going into the weekend, Blaauw isn’t getting ahead of himself and he knows there is still plenty of golf still to play.

“I can’t complain. I’m just really happy to be in the lead. It’s going to be a long weekend for me and I’m hoping to keep it up there and play well,” he said.

Ahlers finished off his round in style with three birdies in a row and a strong weekend could see him earn his fourth victory on tour.

“I made some putts and I’ve been hitting the ball really well over the last two days. The putts I’ve been making haven’t been long putts – they’ve been four or five-footers. It makes a big difference,” said Ahlers.

Some new practicing techniques as well as a lifestyle change has seen Ahlers adapt a new approach to his golf game.

“I’ve been practicing with the SwingClick and that has made a big difference. Mentally, I was giving myself a hard time and I’ve been trying to just enjoy it – I moved down to George a year ago and that has changed the outlook on life quite a bit.” Explained Ahlers.

Christiaan Basson lies in third place on seven-under-par after carding a second round five-under-par 67, while Ruan de Smidt and Tyrone Ferreria share fourth place on five-under-par for the tournament.

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