Erik van Rooyen made an eagle two on the 12th at Pezula Estate and Spa on Thursday to help him to six-under-par 66 and the 36-hole lead in the incomplete second round of the R600,000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event presented by Samsung.
He held a one-stroke edge at nine-under-par over Dylan Frittelli, Keith Horne and Doug McGuigan when play was suspended for the second day in a row because of delays caused by mist and rain.
“The eagle was so much fun,” he said of his play on the downhill 430-metre par-four 12th. “I hit driver down there, and I had about 133 to the pin. I hit gap wedge in to the pin which was sort of back right. I hit the slope and it trickled all the way down and in. You never expect it to go in, but the moment it vanishes, it’s just so great.”
It was a great way for him to start his round which had begun on the 10th. He followed it up with birdies on 12 and 13 and a third on 18 to turn in five-under-par 31. But he made bogey on five before closing things out with successive birdies on eight and nine to edge one clear of his pursuers.
“I’m very satisfied with that round,” he said. “I’ve been hitting the ball really well the last couple of days, driving it well and hitting the irons really well, and the putts are starting to drop and that’s exciting.”
Behind the trio who were one behind Van Rooyen was Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya who moved to seven-under for the tournament with a 71, the same score as Jean Hugo carded in his second round on his way to seven-under too.
For Van Rooyen, it will be about having a full go in the final round: “My game’s coming together nicely,” he said. “I’ve been in this position before, a couple of months ago at St Francis Links, so I’m just going to go out there and try and play my game and hopefully the putts keep dropping.”