We were hoping to bring you definitive news of who’s made the European Tour weekend action at the Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate, this evening.
However, all golf was suspended midway through the afternoon session of day 2 as thunderheads gathered in the South African skies.
The very real threat of lightning saw those who’d not completed their day 2 round retire prematurely to the clubhouse alongside those who had.
It leaves a very uncertain picture as to who’s going to make the cut, many golfers who topped the leaderboard after day 1 still to complete today’s round, now scheduled to resume at 6:45am in Centurion (8:45 GMT) in the morning.
Charl Coetzee takes clubhouse lead after (most of) day 2
Certainly, Charl Coetzee has booked his place for Saturday and Sunday golf. He holds the prestigious overnight lead after birdieing 7 holes and making his eleventh par on the 18th just before the claxons recalled the field.
The South African’s -7 round of 65 sees him move to -12 for the 36 holes, a shot ahead of Chile’s Mark Tullo, who clawed a shot back on the 18th to finish the day on 66, -11 for the 2 days.
Tshwane leaderboard offers few clues; who’ll make Centurion cut?
The leaderboard then gets very intriguing indeed. Joining Tullo on -11 is Dawie Van Der Walt who only managed to card 14 holes before play was suspended.
The interesting thing here – other than the fact that he birdied half and parred the other half of those 14 holes – is that Dawie started on the back 9.
Given that both Coetzee and Tullo picked up birdies on holes 6-9, those Van der Walt has left to play, the lead could well change hands at the halfway point yet.
US golf’s Peter Ulhein sits alone on -10, having completed his 36 holes.
Romain Wattel is a further shot behind on -9 having completed all but the 18th on round 2, a spectacular eagle on the 15th helping him stay a shot ahead of a whole host of golfers on -8.
UK golfers Willett and Howell see lead disappear
Included in this chasing pack are UK golf’s David Howell, Danny Willett and Richard Finch.
At one point, Howell and Willett shared the lead before Coetzee’s run of 4 birdies from the last 7 holes saw Charl enter the clubhouse with his nose in front.
He held the lead after the first day’s play and still has the 17th and 18th to go at tomorrow morning to complete his pre-cut golf.
All but two of the golfers who lie in front of Darren have birdied either 17 or 18, but strangely no one both.
Expect to see the in-form South African knock at least another one shot of his -8, maybe even two, to really put pressure on Coetzee as they go into day three.
Louis De Jager and Joel Sjöholm conclude the pack of golfers on -8.
They have one and five holes to play in round 2 respectively; Louie hole 9, Joel, holes 14-18 inclusive.
Third of field yet to complete 2nd round of golf in Centurion
There’s certainly nothing decided at the almost halfway point, with perhaps a third of the golfers yet to finish their second round.
At this point, -3 is looking good for the cut, but what will the storm do to the golf course in Centurion if it breaks?
It could be a very different lie those with holes left to play face in the morning, coverage beginning on SKY Sports 3 at 10:30am GMT.
By that time you’d hope the day three action to be under way, that’s allowing an hour and a half for the unplayed holes from day 2 to be completed.
So long, South Africa! from the 2013 European Tour
Enjoy the last of the golf from South Africa for this year’s European Tour.
Haven’t the UAE and South Africa provided us with a great start to this year’s Race to Dubai?
Thunder notwithstanding, there’s only two days to go beneath the equator before the Tour ups sticks and moves to the US for the WGC Cadillac Championship, next week.
See you on Sunday to watch the sun set on some amazing golf from Africa this year…
- Fichardt leads Tshwane Open after Round 1 (bigpondnews.com)
- South Africa’s Darren Fichardt birdies 685-yard hole, leads Tshwane Open by a stroke (timescolonist.com)
- Coetzee takes lead at Tshwane Open before storms halt round (cbssports.com)
- Coetzee has clubhouse lead by a shot in S Africa (seattletimes.com)