Ulrich van den Berg’s five-under-par 67 on Thursday in the second round of the R700,000 Sun Boardwalk Challenge positioned him one shot off the lead at Humewood Golf Club with the wind picking up over the links course.
He played in the morning field, which got its work done largely before the breeze stiffened to worrying proportions, and his bogey-free effort saw him reach the 36-hole mark at seven-under-par, just one off the pace set by Chris Swanepoel.
“Firstly, no bogeys today and in a wind that was coming and going – it started off stronger and then kind of backed off in the middle of the round and then stiffened up again at the back end of the round,” he said. “If you don’t make a bogey around here, you’re generally in good shape.”
He started his round on the 10th, and was quickly into his work with a birdie on 11. He followed it with two more on 15 and 16 ahead of the turn, and then kept things steady on his way home with eight consecutive pars. A birdie on seven was followed by another par and then a 30-footer for birdie on nine rounded things off.
“The putter was good,” said Van den Berg. “It went a little bit quiet through the middle of the round when I really hit my good shots, and then I made a nice putt to close the day off. But all the putts I needed to make, I made today – just the ones through the middle could have made the round really special.
“The putt on nine – I knew it was quite quick. It was down grain, putting towards the sea and it had about a metre of break on it. Those are a bit lucky if they go in, but you take them when you get them. But the important thing was to get the two-putt in there at worst – and I was lucky enough that it dropped.”