Du Plessis takes early round two lead in Zambia

CJ - SiteCJ du Plessis carded a bogey-free second round six-under-par 67 on day two of the Zambia Sugar Open to take an early lead at Lusake Golf Club.

He said, “I made two good saves on the front-nine which kept my momentum going which was good. I managed to go bogey-free for the day and there were some tough pins out there so I’m very happy with my round.”

After his flawless display, du Plessis took the clubhouse lead on nine-under-par, one shot better than Ulrich van den Berg who carded a second round two-under-par 71.

With four par-fives on the back-nine and one on the front-nine, there has been much talk about how the players tackle each nine, with the back-nine offering up the more favourable scoring conditions.

Du Plessis said, “I’ve played well here before. I knew I could do it. It just depends on the front-nine, which is the tougher nine with only one par-five. If you can play the front-nine well then you’ve got a really good chance for a low score.”

Only two other men have carded bogey-free rounds in the tournament so far, one being round one leader James Kamte and the other Zander Lomabrd, who moved himself up the leaderboard on day two with a four-under 69.

Du Plessis said, “Keeping dropped shots off the card around this layout is tough. The fairways are narrow and the greens are hard this year. So you have to hit really good shots and ball-striking is of utter importance.”

Having never held a second round lead, du Plessis says he feels confortable around the Lusaka layout. He said, “I grew up on a similar golf course. You know, tree-lined and the rough is dusty, and panned greens. It feels like home. I’ve always played well here. I grew up playing Kameeldoring Country Club in Potgietersrus, which feels so similar.”

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