2nd May 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Rohwer pulls clear in Mbabane
Martin Rohwer signed for an eventful four-under-par 68 second-round of the Investec Royal Swazi Open, earning himself 12 points which took his overall tally for the week to 30 and retained his spot at the top in eSwatini.
Unlike the usual stroke-play format, at this event points are awarded based on the number of strokes taken at each hole, making it possible for players to play attacking golf.
Having entered the round as an overnight co-leader with England’s James Allan and teeing off from the 10th, Rohwer started the second round solidly, making two birdies, a par and a bogey in his first four holes while collecting five points there. He picked up another two-pointer on the 15th, his sixth hole, but that was quickly halved by the bogey he made in the next hole.
Turning, he went par, bogey, birdie and bogey, a run he would not have accepted had this event not been played in the Modified Stableford format. “As I said earlier, a bogey only counts for one point so you can actually make a bogey and it doesn’t hurt your score as it would in the stroke-play event,” Rohwer noted.
After those four holes, however, Rohwer found his rhythm again and went on an uninterrupted four-birdie run before picking up a par on the par-three 18th hole.
“Two different rounds of golf,” he said, alluding to his opening round and today’s, “because yesterday’s round was quite solid. Today I made a few bogeys but obviously, I managed to make a few birdies as well. Anytime you make 30 points in the first two rounds you’ve got to be happy.”
With his point haul of 20 on day two, Jake Roos made the biggest leap and on a total of 28 points currently, he moves to a share of the second spot with Allan who earned 10 points to add to his opening-round 18 points.
MJ Viljoen is fourth on the leaderboard with 27 points after picking up 10 in round two while Jaco Prinsloo and Daniel Greene share the fifth spot with 26 points apiece. Estiaan Conradie’s 14 points, put together with his opening-round 11, ensured he maintained his spot in that top 10 leading players. Sharing the eighth spot is Neil Schietekat and Stephen Ferreira (24 points) while England’s Steve Surry earned nine points to total 23 and make up the balance of the leading 10 players in eSwatini.