2011 Masters Champion, Charl Schwartzel fired a seven under par 65 on Friday to get in the clubhouse at the South African Open Championship with a share of the 36 hole lead. The 29 year-old Schwartzel put a great front nine together in the second round at the Glendower Golf Course putting up five birdies and an eagle to catch Italian, Marco Crespi at 12 under par.
After making the turn at 29, the South African was able to manage even par on the back. He made a three birdie run at 14, but it only made op for bogeys at 10, 13, and 17. He made par at 18 for a share of the lead.
Schwartzel was at odds with the European Tour and threatened to withdraw from the tour as he was deemed ineligible for the Race To Dubai finale’ because he didn’t compete in at least two of the three preceding events. He played in only the Turkish Airlines Open, and skipped both events in Shanghai. Other notables who didn’t play at Dubai were Sergio Garcia, and Ernie Els.
“I’ve played on the European Tour for 11 years and really enjoy it and I would love to keep playing, but with these sort of rules coming in I will have to play some tournaments in South Africa and America only.
“I really want to play next week but I think there’s been some bad decisions made and unfortunately I can’t. I’m not going to carry on about it but it really needs to be looked at.
“I’ve spoken to the Tour about it and apparently they’re going to look into it. I just can’t get why they couldn’t change it because it would have been for the better of everyone.”
The South African Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni is the kick-off event for the 2014 European Tour Season, and the beginning of a new Race To Dubai season. Henrik Stenson won both, the DP World Tours Championship, Dubai, and the 2013 Race To Dubai last weekend.
The 37 year-old Swede withdrew for the SA Open due to problems with his wrist that began during his run to the FedEx Cup back in September.
Source: European Tour.com
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