Muthiya strolls into Swaziland contention

Lombard Insurance Classic: Day 2In typical moving day fashion, Madalitso Muthiya fired a bogey-free, nine-under-par 63 to jump into the top five of the Lombard Insurance Classic being played at Royal Swazi Spa Country Club.

Muthiya eagled two of the four par-fives and carded five birdies around the 6, 872 metre layout, which left him four strokes back from clubhouse leader Anthony Michael who sits on 15-under-par.

“It was really good. I actually played similarly to yesterday, I just didn’t convert putts yesterday and today I converted the ones I needed to make. I made one par-save on four and that’s what really turned the round going forward,” said Muthiya.

The short but undulating layout yielded some low morning scores on day two, and with the soft underfoot conditions, players are able to attack tight pins.

“I prefer the golf course playing this soft. I think because of the rain you don’t get too much run. It’s more of a putting competition sometimes, you know the ball-striking is there and you can get away with a few things here and there but there are some critical holes out there that you have to play well on,” explained Muthiya.

Muthiya is the second player in the field to card a nine-under-par round – after overnight leader CJ du Plessis – and he says there is a lower number out there, and a possible 59.

“It’s been done here before hasn’t it? I think it was Peter Karmis who shot 59 and won by one or two shots. I think somebody can, but again you have to get a little bit lucky and get a few eagles here and there and make a bunch of birdies,” he said.

“Like any golf course, if you play well and make some putts you will shoot a good number. Today was evidence of that and I’m pleased with the round,” he added.

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