Rain delay helps Darryn into second place

This morning’s rain delay actually proved advantageous for Darryn Lloyd as he completed his back nine in five-under par to hold second place alone in the second round of the Africom Zimbabwe Open.

Lloyd was fortunate to be on the ninth hole at Royal Harare Golf Club when play was suspended at 08h25 making it easy for him to escape out of the rain. It proved a turning point for him after finishing his first nine on one-under par with two birdies, an eagle, and three bogeys.

After the hour and a half wait which gave Lloyd some composure, he then returned to the course and posted five unanswered birdies to sign off with a six-under par 66 for a total of 11-under par.

He now lies in second alone two shots behind overnight leader Theunis Spangenberg who carried his great play from yesterday into a solid 67 today.

Spangenberg was also slightly fortunate as he managed to finish his round just as play was suspended once more at 13h19 due to a lingering thunderstorm which turned into a torrential downpour.

Deane Pappas lies alone in third place on 10-under par after repeating his 67 from yesterday with Neil Schietekat and Andrew Georgiou, who is still to complete his round, three shots further adrift on seven-under par.

However, the round of the morning has to go to Michiel Bothma who after starting with two bogeys and an eagle in his first four holes, reeled off five consecutive birdies through the 14th to the 18th holes to turn five-under par.

He then added another three birdies on the front nine to record a spectacular eight-under par 64 which left him at five-under par after two rounds ensuring him a spot in the weekend’s play.

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