Superb round secures Leopard Creek lead for Aguilar

Chilean Felipe Aguilar thought it was solid, but what was really a superb second-round 64 secured his early lead in the €1-million Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on Friday.

“It was a solid day. You never win a tournament in the first two days, but you can always lose it,” said Aguilar.

The 37-year-old made eight birdies and no dropped shots and leapt to nine-under-par for the tournament, one stroke clear of Jaco van Zyl.

The back stretch, which has proved to be the scoring nine, yielded to Aguilar’s accuracy – he carded five birdies and closed the day at nine-under to hold the clubhouse lead. “My strongest game is off the tee and within 120 yards. I’m a short player and a short guy, so I have to get the best out of it. I try to hit the ball a little bit closer so that I don’t have to worry about missing those six-footers,” he said.

The top-ranked Chilean golfer kicked off the day with a birdie at the first and went on to card birdies at the fourth and eighth before turning at three-under. “I’ve had some ups and downs throughout my six years on the European Tour, but I’ve had a solid year this year – I’ve just been focusing on making the Race to Dubai,” he said.

Aguilar was forced to delay the 18th hole of his first round due to bad light, and began the second day with a birdie, which left him to sign for a one-under opening card.

Shortly after that he would head back out onto the course and blaze through his second round.

Van Zyl carded 34 on either side of the turn to sign for a second 68 this week. His eight-under-par tally secured an early hold on second for the 32-year-old. “You have to work your way around here. You can’t be too aggressive, you have to take opportunities when they come,” he said.

Aguilar tore up the course and set up a solid early lead ahead of the weekend.

“As long as you put yourself into contention, then you are going to have a fun weekend,” he said.

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