George Coetzee jumped into the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with an eagle at the 10th, and by the time he signed for 66 had claimed an early share of fourth at Emirates Golf Club.
He managed to keep it with the incredible pace of leader Rory McIlroy, who shot a sublime 65 to finish in the lead of the morning field, two strokes clear of German Martin Kaymer.
ÂThere are always a couple of shots left out there, but IÂm happy and IÂm looking forward to the weekend. There are some good players ahead of me, so there is a lot of hard work to be done,Â said Coetzee.
He began the day at the 10th tee and immediately burst into contention when he made an eagle there. ÂI holed the bunker shot on the 10th and that took the pressure off. I told myself that I could just play after that,Â he said.
Seized opportunities came in the form of birdies at the 12th and 18th and he turned at seven-under for the tournament. His second burst came at the first and second holes, where he made a pair of birdies and touched nine-under for the first time.
A birdie at the par-three seventh looked to set him amongst the frontrunners. But a drop at the ninth, where he double-bogeyed yesterday, set him back to nine-under. He went on to close the morning field in a share of fourth, indicating his enjoyment of the course and playing conditions. He said: ÂThere are always a couple of shots left out there, but IÂm happy and IÂm looking forward to the weekend. There are some good players ahead of me, so there is a lot of hard work to be done.
ÂI definitely fancy some of (this course), itÂs one of the best courses IÂve seen on the European Tour. But I still have to figure out how to play the ninth hole.Â