Schwartzel cuts his bogey count to move up the leaderboard

Charl Schwartzel shot a round of two-under-par 67 to end day two tied for seventh after carding just two bogeys in the second round of the Open Championship in Sandwich, England.

The Masters winner began the day at one-over-par after his five birdies were marred by six bogeys in his first round. A key to winning the Claret Jug is to drop as few shots as possible, and Schwartzel did so in a second round in which he carded just two bogeys.

Schwartzel got on the move early on the second day and carded birdies on the second, third and fifth holes on the par-70 Royal St. George’s course.

A single bogey on nine and Schwartzel made the turn at two-under for the day and one-under for the tournament.

A further two birdies on 10 and 11 and Schwartzel’s card read three-under-par, putting him just one shot behind the leaders.

Schwartzel, who is second in the European Tour’s order of merit, dropped a shot on the par-four fifteenth before closing his round at two-under-par.

Schwartzel currently leads the South Africans alongside George Coetzee, who carded 69 in both rounds and shares seventh place.

Rory Sabbatini carded a level-par round to share 31st, while Trevor Immelman and Louis Oosthuizen both made the cut at two-over-par.

Schwartzel played confident golf in round two, managed to limit his bogey count, and will go into the third round eager to contend.

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