Kamte chasing hard at Country Club Johannesburg

James Kamte kept his card bogey-free for the second time in two days to make his second 67 at Country Club Johannesburg for a hard chase of the lead during round two of the Telkom PGA Championship on Friday.

“I’m just trying to avoid bogeys by hitting the ball well. As long as the putts are going in I can make it. I’ve been working on my mindset and staying calm on the course – to just let myself play golf,” he said.

Last year’s BMG Classic winner moved to 10-under ahead of a halfway cut to 65 players and ties and headed into the weekend one stroke shy of leader Keith Horne.

Horne carded a superb 63 and reached 11-under, taking a narrow one-stroke lead over Kamte and Trevor Fisher Jnr. “I drove the ball well today, had a lot of good iron shots and I made a lot of putts. When you hit good shots to 10 or 15 feet and then capitalise – that’s when you make the good scores – and I made a lot of them today and kept the momentum going the whole day,” said Horne.

Kamte has his sights set on victory, and added: “I’m hitting the ball well around this course, which I need to keep doing, and so far everything has been good. Last year I was close to losing my card and I had to win, and I went out and I won (BMG Classic). That was a huge boost for my mind, because I knew that I could step up, and that’s what I’ve started to believe this week,” he said.

The real push of his round came over the final three holes. “At the 16th I hit a big tee shot and then took a five-wood. It missed the green on the left, but I made a good up-and-down there. On 17 I hit a great pitching wedge to about six feet and made the putt. And then on 18 I hit a big tee shot, but ended up stuck behind a tree. I tried to go under with a three-iron, but I hit it into a greenside bunker. I made quite a good chip to about six feet and made that putt too. It was a big boost for me to come in like that,” he said.

His front nine was a quieter affair – he made birdies at the second and fifth – and played regulation golf through the rest to turn at two-under for the day.

Consecutive 67s do not result from laziness, and Kamte added: “Every time I finish playing golf I spend about an hour-and-a-half on the range and working on my faults on the golf course. Last week I missed about 28 putts within six feet, so this week I just came out here and worked on my putting and so far everything has been good.

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