10th November 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Long game hands Dubuisson Sun City lead
France’s Victor Dubuisson said his driving was key in round two of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player as he shot two-under 70 to usurp Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger from the summit of the leaderboard with a total six-under par for the week.
“The driver, of course, is the key here if you want to play well,” he said after the round which had to be suspended at some point due to inclement weather in Sun City. “And, today I didn’t miss many fairways, maybe one or two. And, I played really, really solidly into the wind.”
He admitted that having secured his European Tour playing card at the Alfred Dunhill Links has afforded him an opportunity to play with less stress going into the final events en route to Dubai for the final event on the Road to Dubai.
“Yes, of course,” he told reporters when asked if securing that card has given him an added confidence on the course. “But, you know, I just try to play as good as I can each day, day after day, especially on this course. You’ve got to have a very solid game here to do some good scoring.”
He made four birdies on day two but two dropped shots on 11 and 18, meaning the gains he made would be reduced at the end of it all.
Lurking behind him – and within striking distance on four-under for the week – is the duo of the Joburg Open champion, Fichardt and England’s Lee Westwood. They are followed by Westwood’s countrymen, Tyrrell Hatton and Ross Fisher along with Scott Jamieson of Scotland and the defending Alex Noren in a share of the fourth spot. They are all three shots off the lead and in pole position to make a real challenge in the following two rounds.
Germany’s Martin Kaymer and the 2011 US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel share the eighth spot on two-under for the week. Kaymer carded three-under par while Schwartzel went one-over-par.
Making up the top-10 going into the third round are Julian Suri of the United States, Frenchman Benjamin Herbert, Paul Waring of England, South Africa’s Branden Grace, Ireland’s Shane Lowry, Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and Scotland’s Ritchie Ramsay.
The second round proved to be a stern test for all the golfers as a strong breeze proved difficult to work with and the next two rounds will be just as tough if the weather continues as it did in round two.