George Coetzee Jumps Ahead at Tshwane Open

Another day, another South African in front at the Tshawn Open.

This time it’s George Coetzee, who shot a 64 in pursuit of his second career title here.

“I’m happy to have posted two pretty good rounds,” he said. “I’ll try and just focus on playing decent golf and posting good numbers for the weekend. It was a nice stretch on the back nine – my front nine – where I got a couple of birdies in a row. On the front nine – my back nine – I felt like I played pretty well, I just didn’t get the ball in the hole but I guess that’s the way golf works “My short game feels good and it keeps me in the mix.”

Coetzee was 1-under through 11 then birdied six of the last seven holes including four in a row between No. 12 and No. 16. He shot a 6-under 30 on the back nine.

At 11-under, he’s a single stroke ahead of Chile’s Felipe Aguilar and Finlad’s Mikko Korhonen.

Korhonen also shot a 64 on the day. He was at even par through eight before an eagle on No. 9. He added five birdies in his final seven holes.

Aguilar had a chance to tie or hold the lead on his own until two late gaffes. The Chilean was 5-under at the turn but bogeyed No. 13 and No. 18 to wind up with a 67.

Day One leader Louis De Jager slid back to fourth at 7-under after shooting an even par 71 on Friday. There are 10 South Africans among the 22 men who have shot at least 5-under in the first two rounds of the tournament.



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