Doug plays his way to Sishen contention

Doug McGuigan overcame blustery conditions at Sishen Golf Club on Thursday, shooting his second 69 of the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament there to claim the early second-round clubhouse lead.

“The course plays a bit tougher with the wind. Before the tournament started I wanted to shoot three rounds in the 60s. I’m very happy with how I’ve done so far,” he said.

During his second nine McGuigan switched on the same magic that’s earned him five Sunshine Tour victories, cruising round in 33 blows to reach the clubhouse at six-under.

“My attitude has been fantastic recently, and that’s the main reason I’m six-under,” he said. “I haven’t been worried about hitting bad shots, and my putting has been great.”

He teed off at the 10th and started the day slowly, making his first deviance from par with a birdie at the 15th. He bogeyed the 18th to turn at level-par for the day, but a birdie at the second put some wind into his sails.

The Ebotse Golf and Country Estate professional then eagled the par-five sixth before gliding home at six-under. He was pleased to have put himself in contention ahead of the final round tomorrow.

“If I get it going and hit the irons close I might be able to catch the leaders. We’ll have to see what happens,” he said.

Justin Harding also began at the 10th, and struggled to get the momentum going when his birdies at the 11th and 14th were followed by drops at the 12th and 16th. His spirits remained high, however, and he joked, “Fairways are overrated.”

Harding’s second nine was cleaner – he made no bogeys and pencilled in two red numbers to finish the round in 70 strokes, which took him to five-under-par for the tournament.

Grant Muller did well to keep bogeys off his card and was rewarded with a 68, which was the best round of the morning field. He carded 34 on either side of the turn, finishing at four-under-par ahead of the cut.

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