Andre Cruse last won on the Sunshine Tour on Friday 13, 2001, and he took advantage of a day unlucky for some to take the early clubhouse lead in the second round of the R500,000 Nashua Golf Challenge.
He carded a three-under-par 69 to move into the lead at four-under-par for the 54-hole tournament on a breezy morning at the 7,172-metre Gary Player Country Club while the rest of the field struggled.
ÂYouÂve just got to get it on the fairways here,Â said Cruse of the course which seems to have the Sunshine Tour professionals battling.
ÂThe pins were very tough out there today,Â said Cruse. ÂAll of the par threes were tucked behind the water, for instance, and that made it difficult.Â
One player who just couldnÂt find his rhythm was Louis de Jager, who shared the lead with Vaughn Groenewald after the first round. He had advanced to five-under through 16, despite a pair of bogeys on 11 and 12, and then he went over the green on 17 and made bogey, and dumped his second in the water at 18 and ended up taking a double.
ÂI just didnÂt know where the ball was going today,Â he lamented as he carded a one-over 73and was two off the clubhouse mark set by Cruse.
The next-best round of the morning after CruseÂs belonged to Albert Pistorius, David Hewan and Stuart Clark of Wales, as they each carded a two-under 70.
There were three 71s, six scores of level-par 72, and the rest of the morning field all finished over par.
Cruse, 45, has nine victories to his credit on the Sunshine Tour, with his last title the Bloemfontein Classic on Friday 13, 2001.
ÂAnything could happen tomorrow,Â cautioned Cruse, Âbut itÂs about time I won again.Â