Coetzee cracking on in Dubai

A bad finish to yesterday’s round was a far memory for George Coetzee on Friday morning at the DP World Tour Championship. Instead, the 27-year-old whipped up the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estate in 67 shots for an early move into 20th place.


The Pretoria local shifted 23 places up the leaderboard with his three-under-par total, one shot behind countryman Richard Sterne and five off the pace of leader Alejandro Canizares.


Coetzee put a Thursday 74 behind himself and steadily climbed over the front nine in Dubai on Friday, carding birdies at the first, fifth and seventh for a 33-shot outward nine.


He got the back stretch going with a birdie at the 10th. On Thursday he finished with three bogeys and a birdie over his final five holes, but a day later he turned it all around. Birdies at the 14th, 16th and 18th overshadowed a bogey at the 17th and Coetzee went on to sign for 67, playing his way back into the weekend.


The South African’s Friday fireworks are a welcome return to form after he broke his hand in a mountain biking accident three months ago. Two rounds remain and the best are hunting Dubai glory, but Coetzee is right up there with them.


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