In top form, and putting up a storm

2010-02-20 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Darren Fichardt believes his game is as good as it has ever been, and it showed as he held the halfway lead at 12-under-par 132 in the R3 million Telkom PGA Championship at Country Club Johannesburg yesterday.

He carded a seven-under-par 65 in his second round to go with his five-under 67 opening round, taking a one-stroke lead into the weekend over the man he beat in last week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am, Louis Oosthuizen.

“I feel I’m back to where I was when I won Brazil, if not better,” he said.

Fichardt started his round on the 10th, reeling off three birdies in a row from 13 to 15. There was one more birdie for good measure as he turned in four-under 32, and he looked on his way to an even better total by the time he reached the sixth, with four more birdies.

He made his only mistake when he bogeyed the 422 m seventh. “Besides the bogey on seven, I made some nice putts,” he said.

And it is putting that is making his game hard to beat.

Oosthuizen, who scored six-under 66, felt there is more to come in the tournament that he won twice in a row in 2007 and 2008. Tjaart van der Walt started off poorly but came tearing home. His six-under 30 for the final nine holes clinched him third place at halfway.

LEADING SECOND-ROUND SCORES:

132 — Darren Fichardt 67 65

133 — Louis Oosthuizen 67 66; 135 — Tjaart van der Walt 67 68

137 — Richard Sterne 69 68, Doug McGuigan 65 72; Trevor Fisher Jnr 68 69; Jaco Van Zyl 71 66; 138 — Ryan Tipping 69 69; Michiel Bothma 71 67; Keith Horne 67 71; George Coetzee 71 67; Dawie Van der Walt 67 71; Divan van den Heever 66 72;

139 - Hennie Otto 71 68; Jaco Ahlers 68 71; James Kamte 70 69; Oliver Bekker 72 67; Louis Moolman 69 70.

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