Laid back Div two clear in Platinum Classic

He’s so laid back, it’s difficult to believe Divan van den Heever holds a two-stroke lead after his six-under-par 66 in the second round of the R500,000 Platinum Classic presented by UD Trucks.

He dropped a shot on his final hole after yet another wayward tee shot – his second bogey of the day after a drop on two, and only his second of the tournament – yet he was able to ask if it was possible to seem even more relaxed than usual.

That kind of approach to the game saw him hold the lead over a much steadier Jake Roos, who dropped his first shot of the tournament on the 12th, and who carded a six-under-par 66 to move to within striking distance of Van den Heever.

“I played well today,” said Van den Heever. “It’s a pity about those two bogeys. I didn’t birdie either of the par-fives on the back nine, either. I had a good round going, and I just lost a bit of focus, I think.”

It is testimony to the quality of his round that he missed out on the 14th and 17th and still made eight birdies as he did in his bogey-free opening round.

“I hit the ball longer than most,” he said, “or at least longer than average, I’d say, so on the par-fives, I look at scoring, and I’d like to attack them tomorrow.”

It was a driver that wasn’t straight enough which stymied his efforts in the second round. “I hit only six fairways again, as I did in the first round,” he said, “but I’m not hitting it off the planet – just missing fairways by a yard or two and that makes it difficult.”

Roos, on the other hand, was the very model of taking the direct route, hitting 11 of 14 fairways on his way to his 66. And he dropped his second shot of the tournament on the 16th as he missed one of the three fairways for the day. But once he got it onto the green, he was efficient getting it into the hole, taking just 28 putts for the round.

He’s had a quiet patch since his last Sunshine Tour victory in 2009, and with no eligibility except on the Sunshine Tour, he’s managed to rest a little instead of chasing that elusive great breakthrough. “Things are happening a bit more naturally now, where I was trying a bit too hard last year,” he said.

“It’s nice to be in contention – just to be there,” he added.

Roos finds himself two shots clear of a quartet of players sharing third, consisting of Dean Burmester, Warren Abery, Ulrich van den Berg and Charl Coetzee – all of whom can make up ground on him, and on Van den Heever.

“I’m confident,” said Van den Heever. “It’s not going to be easy. I think the guys will chase hard and I’m not going to be able to just go out there and just make pars – I’ll need to shoot under par.”

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