Tjaart sets course for Dunhill success

Tjaart van der Walt made a move at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Friday, where he carded a second round 67 to move into second place ahead of a cut to 65 and ties.

The 2013 Lion of Africa Cape Town Open winner was quick out of the blocks from his start on the 10th and moved to three-under after four holes. He went on to card five-under for the second time in as many days at Leopard Creek.

“First hole was a 25-foot swinging right-to-lefter and I made it. I felt good from the first hole onwards. You’ve always got to fancy your chances. I was just happy to get out there and get a few numbers on the board early on,” he said.

Long putts were the order of the day for Van der Walt, whose highlight reel included a 50-footer for birdie at the eighth hole.

“Leopard Creek is a long golf course for me. I’m not going in with short irons like some of the other guys, but when I got it on the greens I rolled the putts well. Yesterday and today a couple went in, which kept the momentum going,” he said.

Way out in front was Branden Grace, who shot 66 on Friday to stretch his overnight lead to six shots. The four-time European Tour winner was excited to be playing well again and was the man to beat halfway through the tournament.

“This is a golf course that suits me. If I keep putting it in play then it should be a good weekend. The main thing about this course is just to hit the fairways,” he said.

 

Tjaart sets course for Dunhill success

Tjaart van der Walt made a move at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Friday, where he carded a second round 67 to move into second place ahead of a cut to 65 and ties.

 

The 2013 Lion of Africa Cape Town Open winner was quick out of the blocks from his start on the 10th and moved to three-under after four holes. He went on to card five-under for the second time in as many days at Leopard Creek.

 

“First hole was a 25-foot swinging right-to-lefter and I made it. I felt good from the first hole onwards. You’ve always got to fancy your chances. I was just happy to get out there and get a few numbers on the board early on,” he said.

 

Long putts were the order of the day for Van der Walt, whose highlight reel included a 50-footer for birdie at the eighth hole.

 

“Leopard Creek is a long golf course for me. I’m not going in with short irons like some of the other guys, but when I got it on the greens I rolled the putts well. Yesterday and today a couple went in, which kept the momentum going,” he said.

 

Way out in front was Branden Grace, who shot 66 on Friday to stretch his overnight lead to six shots. The four-time European Tour winner was excited to be playing well again and was the man to beat halfway through the tournament.

 

“This is a golf course that suits me. If I keep putting it in play then it should be a good weekend. The main thing about this course is just to hit the fairways,” he said.

 

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