Sunshine Tour

Coetzee surges to the top

George Coetzee (Supplied)
George Coetzee (Supplied)
Rustenburg - George Coetzee secured a two shot lead courtesy a five-under-par 67 in the second round of the Investec Cup on Friday at the Millvale Private Retreat in Rustenburg, and a step closer to a spot in the first major championship of the year.

First-round leader Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark carded a level-par 72 at Millvale Private Estate to reach halfway at seven-under-par in second, with Keith Horne and Merrick Bremner reaching six-under 138 with their rounds of 68 and 69 respectively.

A victory for Coetzee in this tournament will earn him enough World Ranking points to get him inside the top 50 in the world and assure him of a start at the Masters in April.

“That’s one of the most important things I’m playing for this week,” said Coetzee.

“There’s only one spot here that will work for me, so I’m trying to just stick to the things that I’ve been doing in the last couple of weeks.

“It’s starting to show on the golf course, and my scoring is starting to be pretty good. I feel very comfortable. So I try not to think about all the benefits of playing well,” said Coetzee.

Coetzee’s round on Friday included three birdies and an eagle, with no dropped shots putting him in a good position.

Coetzee is finding that the changes brought about by his new coach Doug Wood are starting to work.

“I’m very comfortable with the way things are going now,” said Coetzee.

“I’m starting to understand my swing a bit better so if I hit a bad shot I know what to focus on immediately on the shot after that.

“I guess that’s what everyone is aiming for – to learn quickly and not take the whole round to figure out what’s wrong.”

With Bjerregaard, Horne and Bremner within striking distance – as well as Justin Walters and Trevor Fisher Jnr on five-under through halfway – Coetzee knows it will not be easy over the final two rounds at the Lost City on the weekend.

“I don’t think you can go round and par your way home.

“We’ll see how it plays out, but I’m sure there will be lots of birdies in the last two days,” he said.

Scores (RSA unless specified):

135 - George Coetzee 68 67


137
 - Lucas Bjerregaard 65 72


138
 - Keith Horne 70 68, Merrick Bremner 69 69


139
 - Trevor Fisher Jnr 69 70, Justin Walters 69 70


140
 - Jean Hugo 71 69, Jbe’ Kruger 68 72, Jacques Blaauw 67 73


143
 - Darren Fichardt 73 70, Jake Roos 75 68, Jaco van Zyl 71 72, Ulrich van den Berg 70 73


144
 - Dawie van der Walt 74 70, Thomas Aiken 74 70, Andrew Curlewis 75 69


145
 - Adilson Da Silva 75 70


146
 - Justin Harding 74 72, Oliver Fisher 72 74, Danie van Tonder 76 70


147
 - Hennie Otto 73 74, Richard Finch 76 71


148
 - Ross Fisher 77 71


149
 - Morten Orum Madsen 74 75


150
 - John Hahn 80 70


151
 - Warren Abery 78 73


153
 - Oliver Bekker 76 77


154
 - Titch Moore 80 74


155
 - Michael Hollick 76 79, Jaco Ahlers 78 77

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