Things start turning for Prinavin in Namibia

It has been a while for Prinavin Nelson, but a single bogey in two rounds saw him to the top of the early leaderboard in the second round of the MTC Namibia PGA Championship at Windhoek Country Club.

He carded a three-under-par 68 on the 6,570-metre par-71 layout to move to nine-under at the halfway stage, one stroke clear of overnight leader Vaughn Groenewald who was off in the afternoon, and of Ryan Tipping, whose four-under saw him move into contention.

“I’ve been struggling from about late last year,” said Nelson, “and this is probably the first cut I’ve made this year.” He won his maiden title in 2009 when he won the SAA Pro-Am Invitational in Paarl, and he had a battle throughout 2010, missing 11 cuts and making the top 20 just six times – two of them top 10s.

It has been even tougher at the start of 2011, during which he has missed the cut in all five of his tournaments. “I’ve been working on a couple of small things,” he said, “and it seems to be starting to come right.”

While he still isn’t striking the ball as purely as he was when he won, his putting has improved and is helping him.

“I think my putting has been outstanding these past few days,” he said. “I think I haven’t missed a putt six feet and under.

“I missed a few greens today, and I was struggling a bit finishing my round, but I’ll go to the range now and sort it out,” he added.

He finished his round with four birdies and a single bogey, and Tipping also had just one bogey on his card. But an eagle three on 496-metre seventh helped him to his four-under 67.

“I was joking with Louis de Jager on the tee that nothing was happening, and that we should try to eagle it,” he said.

Albert Pistorius and Justin Walters were in a share of third place on seven-under for the tournament.

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