Weekend Post (South Africa)
Storm disrupts Tshwane Open
A SHORT, sharp thunderstorm disrupted round two of the Tshwane Open yesterday, but not before Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Alexander Bjork of Sweden had moved into the lead at the Pretoria Country Club on a halfway score of 10-under-par.
That gave them a one-stroke edge over James Morrison of England, who had his round interrupted for just short of an hour. The South African trio of Peter Karmis, Thomas Aiken and Justin Walters were in a share of fourth at eight-under-par.
Jamieson, the 2012 Nelson Mandela Championship winner, just squeaked his round of six-under-par 65 in before the storm, and was pleased with his game.
“I was very solid again from tee to green like yesterday. I’m delighted. I struggled a bit last week from tee to green but it seems to have clicked this week. Hopefully I can hole a few more putts this weekend.
“I think I hit about 16 greens yesterday and it was probably something similar today so if I can keep that up and be on 16 greens and make a couple of putts out there, I can keep it going.”
Bjork, who is in his rookie season on the European Tour after a very good year in 2016 on the Challenge Tour, maintained a challenge with a four-under-par 67 which included two bogeys.
“I played well today,” he said. “I had some troubles on some holes with the distance on the irons, but overall it was a good round.
“The trouble was with the altitude because we are playing really high. Last week it was even higher but it was cold so I don’t really know how long the ball flies this week. It’s tough to really trust it sometimes but I was hitting a lot of good irons and some of them ended up short and some were a little bit long. But it was tough and hopefully it’s better tomorrow.”
The round of the day belonged to Aiken, who seemed on his way to what would have been a remarkable 59 after his opening round of one-over-par 72. In the end, a bogey on the seventh – his 16th – and a par-save on the ninth after a visit into the water stymied his efforts.
But he was thrilled with his nine-under-par 62.