Hennie heads for the front

With less wind hampering him on day two, Hennie Otto took just 66 strokes to make his way around TPC Blue Monster and moved 20 spots up the leaderboard of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday.

The South African Open Champion finished the second day at five-under, heading into the weekend in a share of 15th, seven strokes back from leader Bubba Watson.

Otto, who earned his spot at the event by finishing second on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit last year, made an eagle at the first for a running start to the day.

A bogey at the sixth did little to slow his momentum on the front – he birdied four, five and seven to turn in an impressive 32 blows.

He made a further birdie at the 14th, but the second highlight of his round came at the notorious 18th, which he birdied to wrap things up at six-under for the day.

The scoring conditions were far better, and Otto leapt at the chance, finishing two strokes back from leading South African Charl Schwartzel.

Schwartzel opened the tournament with a solid 68 in tough winds, and on Friday shot 69 to finish tied seventh, only just keeping the lead in his sights.

“There was lots of birdies out there but the course is still playing difficult, and you have to give yourself chances to make birdies. I played pretty solid. I thought I hit a lot of good putts that could have gone in. 3 under is a solid round of golf and I’m still in the tournament,” he said.

The 27-year-old finished tied second at the WGC-Cadillac in 2010 and felt it gave some confidence as he heads to the weekend just five off the pace.

“Yeah, it gives you obviously a bit of confidence knowing that you’ve done well on this golf course. It’s a course that suits my eye. When I go out there, I feel comfortable with it. I think that also plays a role.

“I mean, in this game you can’t force anything. Like I said I’m playing well and giving myself opportunities, and hopefully some of those good putts I’m hitting will start going in and get a little bit of a low round going,” he said.

Avantha Masters winner Jbe Kruger holds 34th at one-under, while 2011 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner Garth Mulroy is into a share of 45th at level-par.

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