Coetzee holds lead halfway through Tshwane Open
Saturday, March 2, 2013
CENTURION, South Africa – South Africa's Charl Coetzee will take a one-stroke lead into the third round of the weather-delayed Tshwane Open.
Play in the second round was completed early Saturday due to a thunderstorm late Friday which forced an abandonment at the Els Club course at the Copperleaf Golf Estate.
Coetzee, who turns 32 on Monday and is still seeking his first professional tournament victory after a prolific amateur career, had moved to the clubhouse lead at 12-under 132 before the stoppage with a second-day score of 65.
Chile's Mark Tullo (66) and South African Tawie Der Walt (65) are in second place at 11-under 131. Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein (66) headed into the third round at 10 under as he also looks for his first professional victory.
The English trio of Richard Finch (66), Danny Willett (68) and David Howell (69) were among a group of 10 players tied for fifth at 8 under and just four shots behind Coeztee in co-sanctioned European and Sunshine Tour event.
Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain returned to the course in the morning to birdie his last hole in a round of 66 to make the cut at 2 under. Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke (73), a former Open Championship winner, joined Olazabal, last year's victorious European Ryder Cup captain, at 2 under.