Kenya clubhouse lead for Blaauw

Blaauw siteJacques Blaauw carded a six-under-par 66 on Friday to take the clubhouse lead of The Barclays Kenya Open at Karen Country Club in Nairobi.

Blaauw leads the Challenge Tour event by one shot from fellow South African Danie Van Tonder, who is on nine-under-par after backing up his opening round 66 with a three-under-par 69 on Friday.

A host of other South Africans are in the field, some of which still need to complete their second rounds. Erik Van Rooyen is tied for fifth place on five-under-par after a second round three-under-par 69 and Dylan Frittelli is a stroke further back on four-under-par.

Michael Palmer and Christiaan Bezuidenhout are among those who still need to complete their second rounds and are lying in T27th and T42nd places respectively.

Last year, The Barclays Kenya Open title was claimed by Haydn Porteous and it has proven to be an event which can kick-start a career on The European Tour. After Porteous’ win in Kenya, he claimed the Joburg Open title and now has exemption in Europe until the end of the 2017 season. If either Blaauw or Van Tonder can emerge victorious come Sunday, their playing schedule will dramatically change just like it has for Porteous.

Van Tonder struggled with his form last year and it seems he is getting back to his best with solid showings at the Dimension Data Pro-Am and the Eye of Africa PGA Championship. Blaauw has been in spectacular form this year with three top 10’s at the Joburg Open, Eye of Africa PGA Championship and Investec Cup.

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