Bjork, Jamieson at the fore

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Alexan­der Bjork of Swe­den and Scott Jamieson of Scot­land shared the half­way lead on 10 un­der par at the Tsh­wane Open as a thun­der­storm dis­rupted the sec­ond round at Pre­to­ria County Club on Fri­day.

Tour rookie Bjork, who was in a three-way tie for the lead af­ter the first round, kept up his form with a four-un­der-par 67 which in­cluded two bo­geys.

“I played well,” he said. “I had some trou­bles on some holes with the dis­tance on the irons but over­all it was a good round.”

Jamieson added a 65, in­clud­ing seven birdies and a bo­gey, to his open­ing 67 for a two-round to­tal of 132. His only pre­vi­ous Tour ti­tle came in South Africa in 2012.

The lead­ers had a one-stroke ad­van­tage over James Mor­ri­son of Eng­land, who had his round in­ter­rupted for just short of an hour be­cause of the bad weather.

A fur­ther shot back were the home trio of Peter Karmis, Thomas Aiken and Justin Wal­ters.

Aiken was on course for a re­mark­able 59 but made a bo­gey on his third-last hole and needed a par-save on the last af­ter find­ing water to post a nine-un­der-par 62.

“It was there,” he told re­porters. “You don’t get too many op­por­tu­ni­ties in your ca­reer to shoot one. I did my best to try and make a few birdies when I had the op­por­tu­nity com­ing in, and it just didn’t hap­pen.”

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