Ekurhuleni - Englishman Daniel Brooks was in sole possession of the lead going into round three on Saturday at the 2016 SA Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club.
After opening round one with a solid four-under par 68, Brooks completed his rain delayed second round of five-under par 67 on Saturday morning, to lead the chasing pack by one.
“Yeah I got out there this morning and played some really
good golf. It was a bit more calm this morning and I played some nice golf,” Brooks told the Sunshine Tour website.
For a man with who says he is still rusty from not practicing during the off-season, Brooks is more than happy with his opening two rounds of the championship.
“I wasn’t expecting too much coming out here this week, and I haven’t done much practicing over the last two months or so, so I’m a bit rusty but it’s going well.”
One shot back from Brooks is experienced South African Keith Horne. With a flawless, bogey-free round of three-under 69 on Friday, Horne seems to be playing some of his best golf.
“I was trying to get to 10-under, but it was tough out there,” said Horne. “Whether the guys go past me or not, there are still two days to go and like I said, I’m very happy with eight-under after two days.”
Jbe’ Kruger and Branden Grace are two off the lead in third place at seven-under par for the championship.
Like Brooks, Grace came in early on Saturday morning to finish off his second round, and could easily be sharing the lead with the Englishman.
After a bogey, bogey finish, he is looking to make up those dropped shots this afternoon.
“It’s always disappointing to finish bogey, bogey, but it’s alright. Hopefully I can birdie those two holes this afternoon,” said Grace.