Peter on cruise control as he opens six-stroke lead

He made his first bogey after 23 holes, but Peter Karmis still opened out a six-stroke lead over his pursuers after the second round of the R540,000 Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Simola Golf Estate.

“I hit it behind a tree,” he said, “and it hit the tree as I tried to get it over, so in the end I was happy to take bogey on the fifth.”

But after that, it was back to business as usual for the man who has won twice on the Sunshine Tour and once on the Asian Tour.

“I concentrated very hard on making pars, and on taking birdie opportunities when they came along,” he said.

His nearest opposition in the final round will come from Lyle Rowe, Jean Hugo, Theunis Spangenberg, and Trevor Fisher Jnr.

Rowe, Hugo and Spangenberg were all out in the morning field and finished 36 holes in seven-under-par 137, while Fisher had the round of the day with his seven-under-par 65, which included an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys.

Rowe, who turned professional in 2009, had a share of sixth in the Nashua Golf Challenge in May – his first top-10 finish on the Sunshine Tour – and is hoping a maiden professional victory is just around the corner.

“I hope so,” he said of his best round as a professional. “The ball-striking is there, and I just have to get some putts to fall now. That’s the difference between today and some other days.”

Spangenberg used a new TaylorMade R11 driver to great effect as he racked up seven birdies and two bogeys in his five-under-par 67. “I used driver off the tee a lot, and I was able to be aggressive,” he said.

That was in contrast to most of the other players, who took things a little more carefully.

“You can’t use driver off every hole – in fact, you can’t even use three-wood sometimes,” said Hugo. “I took irons off some tees just to get myself into the right positions.”

Karmis agreed. “This course, it’s all about hitting fairways,” he said. “If you can do that, it’s a piece of cake.

“Because the course is so wet, if you’re in the rough, you can hit a good shot and get a bad result, because there’s mud on the ball, or something. But on the fairway, you can clean and place it, so if you hit a bad shot, it’s your own fault.”

His old Ping G2 putter which came back into his bag after a poor putting display last week in Asia continued to please him. “I sank some longer ones for birdie today, and it just feels better than the one I was using,” he said.

He will go out in the final round aiming to do what he has done throughout the week so far: “I will play for par and try to take whatever chances for birdie that come my way,” he said.

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