Tyrone hangs on at windy Wild Coast

Tyrone Mordt secured the early clubhouse lead in round two of the Nashua Masters when he shot a second-round 71 and moved to one-under-par, despite windy conditions at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club on Friday.

“You’ve got to keep the ball in front of you. There are a lot of blind shots here, so it’s hard to trust it, and the wind makes it even harder,” said Mordt.

His 10 top-10 finishes on the Sunshine Tour helped Mordt stay calm in blustery weather, especially over his putts. “Just one little gust of wind and the ball goes,” he said.

Mordt started off the first tee and followed up a birdie at the par-four second with another at the par-five seventh. “I got off to a good start, two-under through eight,” he said.

He may have birdied the 169-metre, par-three eighth on Thursday, but on Friday it was a different story and Mordt carded his first bogey of the day there.

He turned at one-under. “I teed off one and that was the easy stretch – it’s downwind,” said the 28-year-old.

After the turn it got hairy for Mordt, and his birdies at the 12th and 16th were nullified by bogeys at the 11th and 15th.

The real blemish of his round came at the signature hole of the Wild Coast Sun course: the 168-metre, par-three 13th, which played right into the teeth of the wind. “I hit it long and left and I was lucky to find it. It wasn’t in the hazard and I chopped it round and ended up making a nice little putt for five,” said Mordt.

Oliver Bekker struggled around the turn, carding a string of four bogeys from the eighth to the 11th.

Birdies at the second and third gave Bekker some cushioning, and he managed to bring another shot back with a birdie at the par-five 16th before signing for 72 and taking second in the clubhouse at level-par.

Mordt was the sole player from the morning field to succeed at staying below par for the tournament, and one-under could prove a tough score to match in such intense winds.

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