NEL RISES TO TOP AT HUME­WOOD

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT -

HIS six-un­der-par 66 at the Hume­wood Golf Club yes­ter­day was con­fir­ma­tion for Colin Nel that a run of poor form seems to have ended, as well as good enough to take the lead af­ter 36 holes of the Sun Board­walk Chal­lenge.

The 33-year-old Mar­itzburg Golf Club pro­fes­sional was flaw­less on a breezy day – less so than in the first round, though – to head into the fi­nal round of the R750 000 tour­na­ment with a one-stroke edge over Zim­bab­wean Mark Wil­liams.

“I’m very thrilled,” Nel said. “Just to go un­der par around here is good enough, so to back my first round up with a 66 is great.

“And it’s a bo­gey-free round, which is what I try and aim at all the time. To do it around here with a bit of a breeze up is great.”

His opening 68 had in­cluded two bo­geys in winds gust­ing up to 50km/h.

In the sec­ond round, he turned in three-un­der 32, and he picked up three more birdies on the home­ward nine for his 66.

“The breeze was a cou­ple of miles an hour less than yes­ter­day, but it was still tricky enough to get your at­ten­tion,” Nel said.

“I hit a few way­ward shots to­day but I kept it in play. That’s what you have to do around a links course, and es­pe­cially around Hume­wood – keep it in play and min­imise mis­takes. I did that rea­son­ably well to­day.”

As good as Nel’s round was, it was not the best of the day. Wil­liams was also flaw­less on his way to a seven-un­der-par 65, a tally that was matched by Ty­rone Ryan.

Wil­liams moved to nine-un­der for the tour­na­ment in sec­ond, and Ryan to five-un­der in a share of fifth.

“I’m re­ally chuffed with the way I hit the ball,” Wil­liams said.

“I got a cou­ple of lucky breaks in the be­gin­ning. There have been a lot of mo­men­tum shifts for me this week, and when things could have gone bad for me, I bounced back with a birdie or what­ever.”

Pic­ture: GALLO IMAGES/CARL FOURIE

CLOSE SEC­OND: Mark Wil­liams dur­ing day two of the Sun Board­walk Chal­lenge at the Hume­wood Golf Club

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