Jbe’ Kruger shot his second consecutive 69 at Black Mountain Golf Club to secure a share of 15th at the True Thailand Classic on Friday, which means he’s in with a shot at the weekend.
The 28-year-old came out firing on the front nine and made three birdies to turn in 33. That set in motion a good day for him, but there is more to come from the 2011 Avantha Masters champion, who rose five spots up the leaderboard on Friday.
The Bloemfontein local has won three times on the Sunshine Tour and made the top 10 on 37 occasions. This week he’s looking at another top result, but it will take a cool head at the weekend.
The leaders in Thailand proved how scoreable the course was, with veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez taking up first place on 11-under-par. The popular Spaniard shot rounds of 67, 66 to reach the halfway mark one shot clear of local favourite Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
“I’m very happy,” said Jiménez. “I am disappointed to make bogey on the last but overall I played very solid and made a lot of birdies.
“I was hitting shots right at the flags today. You need to be in the right places on the greens to put the ball on the right side of the hole, because the putts are very fast – I like it.
Kruger has won once and been runner up three times on the Asian Tour, so competing in South-East Asia is nothing new. This week he’ll be ready to come out firing after posting two solid rounds of 69.