Goosen sets chase as Paisley, Saddier lead SA Open

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Paisley dropped a shot at 13 after finding water, but more than compensated for that slip with eight birdies, six of them during the second nine.

Saddier and Paisley, both ranked just outside the top 250 in the world, are on 131, four strokes ahead of South African Jacques Kruyswijk at Glendower Golf Club. After a first round featuring three eagles, Grace had to settle for a second-round 71. He'd made seven birdies and a bogey through 16 holes.

"I'm very happy and excited for the weekend", Saddier said after his bogey-free round. "Obviously, I have never been in this position before, so tomorrow, I'm just going to go and play and do my best".

"I didn't know, I have a joint course record but it's quite cool".

"At the moment it is weird - I feel like I did not play fantastic golf".

Chris Paisley produced a late birdie blitz to claim a share of the halfway lead as Retief Goosen's challenge stuttered on the final hole at the BMW SA Open.

With two rounds left, Paisley is hoping the trend of English champions in this championship works in his favour as well, since his countrymen Graeme Storm and Andy Sullivan won two of the last three SA Opens.

The two-time US Open champion, who turns 49 next month, produced an outstanding front nine as he followed three birdies in four holes with an eagle at the eighth, and he added another at 10 before getting into trouble at the long 13th and running up a six.

For the second straight day Brett Rumford posted four birdies against three bogeys to qualify for the weekend by two shots but both Scrivener and New Zealand's Josh Geary finished well outside the mark.

Adrien Saddier pictured during the European Tour's South African Open on 12 January 2018.

Ernie Els, a five-time victor of the South African Open, made the cut after a 70 moved him to 3 under.

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