Oliver on song at Africa Open

A second-round 63 at East London Golf Club put Oliver Fisher into contention at the halfway mark of the Africa Open, where he trailed the lead by one shot.

 

“It was a good day – I played well, hit the ball nicely and kept it in play. There were lots of chances, which you can tell by the scoring. It was a matter of being patient and sticking with your round,” he said.

 

A weather delay at 09h10 halted the second round and when play resumed at 10h45 Fisher came out guns blazing and made two successive birdies. He reached a 13-under-par total at the halfway mark, which set him in sole second one behind overnight leader Ricardo Santos.

 

“I got off to a good start and then got called in on the fourth fairway,” said Fisher. “I made two birdies straight after that, so the delay helped me a little bit. I went dry for a while mid-round and then finished with four birdies, so it was a good day.”

 

The rain poured down for 45 minutes, but the course held up and soon the morning field was back to business on the shortest course on the European Tour schedule.

 

“We had quit a lot of rain in half an hour, so it definitely softened the course a tad. The ball was picking up a bit more mud than it was earlier in the day, but you could still score. The course handled the weather really well – the bunkers were dry and it was god after the rain – so credit to the green staff,” he said.

 

Santos was pleased to follow up his clinical 62 from Thursday with a solid 66 on Friday. The tall man from Portugal made no bogeys during his steady second round, which comprised 3 shots on either side of the turn.

 

I was very pleased to score so well today, I really couldn’t ask for much more. I got quite lucky with the weather delay, because I was in some thick rough when we were called off, but the break let me breathe some clean air and when I came back out I saved par. There is still a lot of golf to come, but I’m very happy with my position at the moment.

 

Mark Williams led the local charge in a share of sixth place on 10-under-par, while Ulrich van den Berg and Jean Hugo were the next best South Africans in the clubhouse on eight-under.

 

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