“Today was really solid and I made a couple of proper putts. The greens are unbelievable and the golf course is probably the best I’ve seen it, so it’s nice to take advantage,” he said.
It was a tale of two nines for the Kempton Park local, who started the round with a birdie on the 10th and tore through his first loop in six-under-par.
“The front nine went really went and on the back nine I hung in there and finished up pretty well. I hit it close on the 10th and made the putt, and then on the 11th, which is a par five, I hit it to four metres and sank the putt for eagle, which was big,” he said.
The 34-year-old began his second loop with a drop and then fought to maintain his score against par, playing regulation golf until he reached the clubhouse and signed for 67.
At the 36-hole mark Bond was seven-under-par and two shots clear of Keith Horne, who carded a one-under-par 71 that included five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.
“It’s been a tough year with one good result in Zambia, where I tied for 10th,” said Bond. “Other than that I haven’t had much to rave about, so I’m very happy to be in this position after 36 holes.
“It seems like the hard work is finally paying off, so let’s hope we can keep it together tomorrow. It all depends on the final round, but it’s a new day and we’ll try to maintain this good form.”
Bryce Bibby was third on four-under-par after carding 70 on day two, while Breyten Meyer and Ruan de Smidt shared fourth on three-under.