Schwartzel starts moving day early in SA Open

Moving day in golf is normally the third round of a tournament, but Charl Schwartzel started his moving day as he completed his second round of the South African Open Championship with a four-under-par 68.

After a storm forced players off the course before the second round was completed at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate, Schwartzel had to come back on Saturday morning and complete four holes.

“I was disappointed yesterday,” said Schwartzel, “because I got it going nicely and then that weather came in. As the weather changed, I made bogey and they called it off. I went to sleep last night with not a very nice feeling.”

But he reversed that trend very quickly in the morning with two birdies in his final four holes. “I was quite determined to come out this morning and see if I could get it to eight-under, which I did,” he said. “I’m very pleased with that and I put myself right back in there.”

He will start the third round five shots off the pace of halfway leader Henrik Stenson, in a share of fourth with Scotland’s Lloyd Saltman.

“Henrik has had two good rounds,” said Schwartzel of the 66-65 start posted by the Swede, “but that’s what’s out on this golf course, and I feel like I’ve got one of those, so I’m not too worried.”

Merrick Bremner also came back to finish off four holes, and he finished par-birdie-birdie-bogey to post a 10-under total, three behind Stenson, and one ahead of another Swede, Magnus A Carlsson, who is in third.

“My Swedish is not very good,” laughed Bremner, who will play with them in the third round. “I met Henrik a couple of years ago at Pearl Valley. I hope he remembers me, because I certainly remember him. I’ve never met Magnus, but it will be good fun, I’m sure.”

Bremner was unable to repeat his pyrotechnics of the opening round when he carded a course-record-equalling 64. “I hit a few poor ones, especially at the ninth, but I managed to regain focus and make a bogey there instead of a double. “I just need to keep doing what I’ve been doing and hit some good tee shots, and I hope to set up some birdies,” he added.

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