Lee shows why he is No1

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Jimenez a 69 to join them at six un­der.

If a South African were to win the 30th edi­tion of the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge it will prob­a­bly have to be ei­ther Ernie Els or Tim Clark.

And they will have to play ex­traor­di­nar­ily well, as Els is on five-un­der 139 af­ter a 68, and Clark on four-un­der (along­side de­fend­ing cham­pion Robert Al­lenby) 140 fol­low­ing a spir­ited 67.

Els and his many fans were mor­ti­fied when he hit his teeshot shot into the pond at the par-3 fourth hole which led to a dou­ble-bo­gey five as he dropped back to level par for the tour­na­ment.

He looked out of it at that stage, but to his credit the Big Easy toured the next 14 holes in five un­der with­out a bo­gey.

Look­ing back on his long ca­reer and some of the as­ton- ish­ing fight­backs he has staged over the years, it’s cer­tainly too early to write him off.

Clark was three over par for the tour­na­ment af­ter tak­ing a triple-bo­gey seven at the sixth hole in Thurs­day’s first round.

So he has dipped seven un­der since then and his only blem­ish in yes­ter­day’s 67 was a bo­gey at the last.

He’s got a lot of heart, this lit­tle bull-ter­rier.

Retief Goosen shot 70 for 142 and Louis Oosthuizen, on a drip and feel­ing ill be­fore his round, could only man­age a 73 for 144 and he props up the field.

Fisher also had stom­ach cramps. Some­thing fishy there with what he ate at the Beach Party the pre­vi­ous evening?

West­wood had the fi­nal word yes­ter­day, com­ment­ing on the fact that this a long golf course and, for once, the rough is not too much of a fac­tor be­cause rain has been scarce.

“It’s a bomber’s par­adise,” he said.

West­wood, a gym fa­natic these days, is a bomber. So is big, strong Fisher. The two English­men are go­ing to take some catch­ing.

Amer­i­can Jeff Sluman won the 36-hole Ned­bank Se­nior Golf Chal­lenge on 138 af­ter rounds of 70 and 68 from com­pa­triot Tommy Ar­mour III (67 for 140) and Mark McNulty (67 for 142).

ETI­ENNE ROTHBART

LEAD­ING LEE: Eng­land’s Lee West­wood greets the gallery at the 18th hole at Sun City yes­ter­day.

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