Coetzee tops leaderboard in South Africa


Sun, Mar 03, 2013 - Page 18

South African Charl Coetzee stayed on top of the Tshwane Open leaderboard yesterday when the storm-interrupted second round was completed.

Rounds of 67 and 65 gave the golfer ranked 972 in the world a 12-under-par halfway total of 132 over the 7,791m Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate.

Coetzee was among those who completed their second round on Friday, before a mid-afternoon thunderstorm forced play to be abandoned two hours ahead of schedule, and it resumed at 6:45am yesterday.

He is one stroke ahead of Chilean Mark Tullo (67-66) and South African Dawie van der Walt (68-65) in the sixth and final European Tour-Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned event staged in South Africa this season.

The US’ Peter Uihlein (68-66) is alone in fourth place on 134 and first-round leader Darren Fichardt (65-71) of South Africa is among a group of 10 four strokes off the lead.

Former Major champions Darren Clarke (69-73) of Northern Ireland and Jose Maria Olazabal (76-66) of Spain finished on 142 — the cut-off score to play in the final two rounds later yesterday and today.