Hennie hits back in Malaysia

2014 Lion of Africa Cape Town Open: Day 4Hennie Otto fired a Friday 69 to reassert himself at the Maybank Malaysian Open, where he shared 18th early into the second round.

The three-time European Tour winner last won at the Open D’Italia in 2014 and will look to use ‘moving day’ Saturday to full effect. His three-under-par second round at Kuala Lumpur Golf Club will help the 39-year-old to play some aggressive golf on day three.

It was an outward nine of 32 that really got Otto going – he birdied four of his first five holes – and set him up for an eventual rise of 37 places on the leaderboard.

The in-form Austrian Bernd Wiesberger managed a round of 66 to set the clubhouse target on eight-under, but defending champion Lee Westwood was tearing around the course on four-under through 16 at that stage.

The Englishman will be hard to catch if he continues to play golf reminiscent of his runaway victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge back in 2010.

On the other end of the spectrum was Jbe’ Kruger, who lay one shot outside the cut line by the time half of the field had completed their second round. It will be a nervous wait for the 2012 Avantha Masters champion.

For Otto, however, it’s time to focus on improving over the back stretch at Kuala Lumpur GC. He’s shot 37 on the second loop for two days in a row, and if he can improve on that it will make for a stellar round.

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