Fun in the sun for on-fire Omar

2008-09-12 00:00

Omar Sandys fired the day’s best score at Durban Country Club yesterday to charge to a commanding lead in the second round of the Suncoast Classic.

Sandys set the course on fire with a sizzling nine-under-par 63 and will take a three-stroke lead into the final round on 12-under-par.

The slender Free Stater took advantage of clear morning conditions to reach the turn in 32 and added five birdies on the back nine.

Marc Cayeux of Zimbabwe, winner of the Nashua Masters in February, fired seven birdies to move into second on nine-under.

Joint overnight leader Neil Cheetham managed a respectable 69 and Jake Roos continued his good form with a 68 to tie for third on eight-under.

Local favourites Neil Schietekat and Keith Horne, who shared the first round lead, are fifth and sixth respectively. Pietermaritzburg’s Schietekat carded a 69 and Horne a 72.

Defending champion Adilson da Silva fell from contention with a 75 in round two, which saw the Brazilian slip to a tie for 23rd.

Coming off a tie for ninth at the PGA Pro-Am last week, Sandys believes that his first win on the Tour is not far from sight.

“I don’t want to sound as if I am bragging, but if all the putts behaved I could have looked at a 60. I felt like I was throwing darts at the pins,” said the 31-year-old from Welkom.

“I probably missed one or two fairways, but it was a good round. I do feel ready. I have the will and the game. I just need to wait for the right week and hopefully it’s this one,” he added.

Second round scores

132 - Omar Sandys 69 63

135 - Marc Cayeux (ZIM) 70 65

136 - Jake Roos 68 68, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 67 69

137 - Neil Schietekat 68 69

139 - Keith Horne 67 72

140 - Jbe’ Kruger 70 70, Jaco Van Zyl 69 71, Michael du Toit 70 70

142 - Michiel Bothma 74 68, Hendrik Buhrmann 73 69, Jaco Ahlers 72 70

143 - Brandon Pieters 72 71, Grant Muller 72 71, Johan Etsebeth 71 72, Gerlou Roux 71 72, Steve Basson 74 69

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