Golden chance for leader Lynn
David Lynn has a golden chance to shake off his journeyman label in Saturday’s third round of the Joburg Open.
England’s David Lynn has a golden chance to shake off his journeyman label in Saturday’s third round of the Joburg Open.
This because he will take a one-stroke lead into the third round after adding a super solid 67 to his first-round 63 on the tougher East Course at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club.
It took him to a 12-under 36-hole total of 300 and put him one shot clear of last week’s Africa Open winner Charl Schwartzel and two clear of Northern Ireland star Darren Clarke, up-and-coming English young gun Danny Willett, and South Africans Jbe Kruger and Hendrik Buhrman.
Lynn, a 35-year-old from Stoke, has not had to return to the European Tour qualifying school since 1999 and has earned over £3.5million, but he has won only once in more than 300 starts and that was seven years ago.
But his big chance to change that with victory here in the most lucrative of the four European Tour events in South Africa will be strongly contested by a chasing pack that is bothy ambitious and well equipped with golfing skills.
Schwartzel, for exaanple.
The South African did not a drop a stroke today in a 68 interrupted by the same thunderstorm which halted the fourth Test at the nearby Wanderers ground.
Schwartzel matched Lynn’s closing birdie when play resumed, but playing partner Darren Clarke missed from under five feet and so remained 10 under.
Barry Lane had a chance of being alongside them with two to play on the adjoining West course – the shorter and easier of the two lay-outs used for the opening 36 holes – but then triple-bogeyed the 381-yard 17th.
Playing his 649th European Tour event and, at 49, attempting to become the circuit’s oldest-ever winner, Lane took two in a greenside bunker and then three-putted to fall seven adrift of Lynn.
Surprise first round leader Neil Schietekat, outside the world’s top 1,000, added only a 72 to his scintillating opening 62.
It was a poor day too for England’s Simon Khan and Scot Alastair Forsyth.
Qualifying school winner Khan, the former Wales Open champion, went from eight under to five under with a 74, while Forsyth’s 76 was 12 worse than his first effort and meant he missed the cut.
Defending champion Anders Hansen was on the same mark after finishing with a double bogey six on the West, and others to crash out included former Open champion Paul Lawrie, last season’s Rookie of the Year Chris Wood and ex-Ryder Cup man David Howell.
NOTE:A second lightning delay halted play for the day with 30 players yet to complete their rounds.
Play will resume at 7am on Saturday for those 30, and the third round will begin at 9.20am.
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