Day two digest: 2020 Joburg Open – Articles



Everything you need to know from the weather affected second day at Randpark Golf Club.

Weather delay

Jacques Blaauw held a one shot lead at the end of the second day of the 2020 Joburg Open but he had fellow South African Wilco Nienaber breathing down his neck.

Here is everything you need to know from a weather affected day two at Randpark Golf Club.

Dangerous weather delays play

Almost two hours of play were lost on Friday afternoon after the second round was suspended due to a dangerous weather situation at 3.50pm local time. Play resumed at 5.40pm but with light fading fast, the players were brought off the course just over an hour later, with 39 afternoon starters still to complete their rounds. They returned at 7.00am on Saturday morning but Blaauw’s lead remained intact as round two was completed.

Otaegui lands two eagles

Afternoon starter Adrian Otaegui opened up with a first round 69 but looked to be facing a battle to make the cut on Friday after carding a bogey at the second. But he eased those fears with an eagle from eight feet at the long fourth before getting another one on the course’s next par five – the 12th. This time he had a rather longer putt but rolled it in before going on to sign for a second round 70.

Otaegui

Amazing angle, even better eagle

Home favourite Blaauw had a very productive day on Friday, with six birdies and just the one bogey in his first 12 holes edging him further and further up the leaderboard before this magnificent eagle on the 14th took him to the summit. If you thought the camera angle was impressive, just wait until you see the putt…

A tale of two nines for Cockerill

Early starter Aaron Cockerill got off to a lightning quick start on Friday, reaching the turn in 31 after picking up four shots on the front nine. But he found things a bit harder on the back nine, carding a birdie and two bogeys to head into the weekend three shots off the lead. He said: “The front nine is a lot more scoreable, you can really get after it early. The back nine is a lot tougher. The tenth and 11th were strong holes into the wind today with tough pins and then the 15th to 18th are going to be tough almost no matter what, so I think that’s probably reflected in the scores.”

Bland happy to be back in South Africa

Richard Bland shot a second successive 67 on Friday to jump into contention. The Englishman is a big fan of South Africa and said being back in his favourite place helps him to play better. He said: “South Africa is just my favourite place to come. It always has been. I’ve been coming here for 18 years now and I fell in love with the place the first time I came here. The golf courses – we haven’t played a bad one yet. The climate’s great, the food’s always great, the people are so friendly. It’s just always a really special place for me to come and I think that just kind of relaxes me and helps me play a little bit better.”

Richard Bland





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