Callie Swart kept the bogeys off his card on Friday on his way to a three-under-par 69 and the early clubhouse lead of the second round of the R550,000 Sun City Challenge at the Lost City Golf Course.
He headed Johan du Buisson by a single stroke at eight-under-par ahead of the cut in the 54-hole tournament, with Trevor Fisher Jnr and Allan Versfeld on six-under.
ÂNormally the problem is I make a couple of birdies, and then two drops,Â said Swart, Âbut this week, itÂs just one drop for the two rounds.Â
And, as golfers inevitably do, he said that putting was making the difference. ÂIÂm not making the kinds of putts that I used to make, but IÂm making solid two-putts, and making a couple of short birdie putts Â and thatÂs it, really!Â
Du Buisson, who has endured a poor run recently, turned things round with his six-under-par 66 opening round. He wasnÂt as good in the second round, but he held things together in the face of looming adversity for a one-under-par 71.
ÂI made pars all the way to start,Â said Du Buisson, Âand then had a stupid three-whack on eight for a bogey, and then played conservatively from there.Â
He picked up successive birdies on 10 and 11, and two more on 15 and 18 cancelled out the double-bogey he picked up on 17. ÂI just pushed it a little bit right, and it was unplayable,Â he said. ÂI took a penalty drop, played it out and made a six Â took the punishment.Â
Fisher was four-over-par heading into the final three holes, but he roared back into contention with two birdies and an eagle for his level-par 72.
Versfeld was marginally less melodramatic, his four birdies balancing out his four bogeys in his 72.