He was the only man who was able to play good golf in the wind on Thursday and Trevor Fisher Jnr carded 66 to take a four-stroke lead ahead of the cut in the R600,000 Vodacom Origins of Golf Final at Legend Golf & Safari Estate.
He bogeyed his third hole of the day after starting on the 10th, but from then on he was flawless as the wind gusted around the 6,744-metre bushveld layout which has attracted much attention for the difficulties presented by the opening five holes.
ÂI thought to myself if I could get through those in level par,Â said Fisher, ÂIÂd be doing okay.Â
He did better than that as he made birdie on the 418-metre par-four second and kept his cool through the remainder of the notorious ÂStretchÂ, as golf director David Riddle had christened it, to emerge unscathed.
And he celebrated by closing with a birdie on the eighth and then rammed home a 25-footer for eagle three on the ninth which took him clear of the field.
ÂI wasnÂt paying much attention to the rest of the field,Â said Fisher after he moved to seven-under for the tournament. ÂI was just trying to get my job done.Â
Overnight leader Neil Cheetham was dejected after his opening 67 was blown to pieces by his second-round 75, but he remained in a share of fourth place, five shots off FisherÂs pace.
In a share of second were Ockie Strydom, who did well for his one-over 73, and Lyle Rowe, whose one-under 71 was one of just six under-par rounds recorded in the morning.
Cheetham shared fourth with Darren Fichardt, who won the Wild Coast Sun leg of the series, and Desvonde Botes, who followed his opening 68 with a two-over 74. Fichardt was the picture of consistency with his second consecutive one-under 71.
The next best round after FisherÂs came from Josh Cunliffe, who carded a three-under-par 69 to move to level-par for the tournament, seven off the pace.