George roars to second in Singapore

George Coetzee’s putter was hot at Sentosa Golf Club on Friday and he shot a bogey-free 63 to move into second ahead of the cut at the Barclays Singapore Open.

“I’m in a pretty good position! I’m happy and enjoying the game at the moment, so I’m just going with flow for now. There’s another round to go at least, and I’ll be giving it my best,” he said.

The 26-year-old had 24 putts and made eight birdies during the round. He looked as sublime as when he equaled the course record at St. Andrews during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October.

“It felt almost exactly the same as at St. Andrews. I was just hitting the ball and not worrying. The last 24 hours have been great fun and I’m just enjoying it, and today it felt as if I was playing better than I did in Scotland,” he said.

Coetzee started on the back nine, but only began his incredible run with a birdie at the 18th. He made tracks through the turn, carding progressive birdies until the fourth for a quick move up the leaderboard. Surprising still is that he left plenty out there.

“It lipped out on five and six and eight and nine. If I had made all of those it would have been 10 in a row. I hit a wonder shot on five. I hit in the middle and had a seven-iron in, but hit a side-slope and leaked it into the bunker right. I had made five-in-a-row, and was just trying to keep the stretch going. The bunker shot came out perfectly, but it just lipped out.

There have been two days of lengthy weather delays, yet Coetzee has managed to get by with a little help from his friends. “All of the South Africans are enjoying it here, we go for lunch together and chat while we wait. This is a patient game, on and off the course,” he said.

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