Lee shows why he is No1
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).
LEADING LEE: England’s Lee Westwood greets the gallery at the 18th hole at Sun City yesterday.