Sterne in the hunt in Abu Dhabi

18th January 2019 | Sunshine Tour

Sterne in the hunt in Abu Dhabi

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 Sterne in the hunt in Abu Dhabi

After having not been so high up the leaderboard in his last six starts, Richard Sterne is happy to be in the mix at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

The six-time European Tour winner shot a good 68 for the second round to share second spot with his fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen, the reigning SA Open champion, to total 11-under-par 133 for the week.

“Yeah, it’s what we try and do,” he said about maintaining his presence on the top of the leaderboard following the 65 which saw him share second spot for the opening round. “It’s been a while since I’ve been at the top. Listen, there’s a long way to go, 36 holes, obviously, and some really tough players up there and top players. I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully get off to a good start tomorrow and a decent weekend.”

His best recent finish was the share of 20th at the Nedbank Golf Challenge last November.

Driving the ball well at the first Rolex Series event of the season was one of the things that Sterne believes helped him to make a turn around this week.

“Yeah, just hitting the ball in the right places and driving the ball pretty well,” he said. “So you can score if you find the fairways. But I’ve been putting decently, but as I said, yesterday I made a lot of 20-footers, where today not so much. The conditions were pretty similar to the first round, a little windy perhaps today, but today I hit the ball pretty good again, just didn’t make the putts that I made yesterday.”

The 37-year-old player who is ranked 281 on the Official World Golf Ranking would want to press hard to become the first South African to win the event since its inception in 2006 when he tees up for the third round today. Oosthuizen is the only local player to came close to winning the event as he was runner-up in 2009.

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