Louis Oosthuizen followed up his first round, four under par 68 with a second round 69 on Friday at the Volvo Golf Champions tournament to get a share of the 36 hole lead. The 2011 Open Champion picked up one bogey on the day at the par five eight hole on the Durban Country Club par 72 layout, and followed it with a birdie at nine. First round leader, Raphael Jacquelin fell on hard times with 73, and dropped into a tie for sixth place, three strokes back.
The popular Oosthuizen, who hails from Mossel Bay, South Africa fell on tough times in 2013 with back problems. The problem lead to him withdrawing from the Open Championship back in July. With six wins on the European Tour on his resume, the injuries have dropped him to 34th place in World Rankings, and he is currently 27th in the Race To Dubai.
In windy afternoon conditions at the seaside course in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa, Tommy Fleetwood from England, and Joost Luiten from the Netherlands shot matching 67’s to get in the clubhouse with a piece of the lead. Luiten made the first Albatross of the year with a two at the par four tenth hole.
Frenchman, Victor Dubuisson matched his first round 69 on Friday, and sits alone in fourth place. The 2013 Turkish Airlines Open winner had an adventuresome front nine. After recording an eagle three at the par five third hole, he gave the advantage back at the par five eighth hole with a double bogey. Dubuisson continues to hang around leader boards, and is showing people he belongs.
American, Peter Uihlein had a horrible day after carding a two under 70 on Thursday. The youngster from Massachuttes added three bogeys to a couple of doubles, and put a 78 on his scorecard. Uihlein started his Thursday with a double bogey at the first hole, but looked to have his game back on-track, but after another disaster today is in sole possession of 33rd place in the field of 36 players.
After shooting even par in the first round, Matteo Manassero matched the low round of the day at 67. The young Italian vaulted into sole possession of fifth place, one stroke behind Dubuisson, and only two strokes off the pace.
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