Date: November 30, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Schwartzel grabs share of Alfred Dunhill Championship lead

Charl Schwartzel moved level with overnight leader Morten Orum Madsen in Friday&aposs second round at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Schwartzel recorded a second consecutive four-under par 68 to join Madsen on eight under on day two at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa. The 2011 Masters champion struck three birdies on the front nine to move into contention at the top of the leaderboard, with a fourth following at the 15th. South African Schwartzel was unable to claim another birdie to take an outright lead into the weekend, and admitted after his round that he did not play at his best. “I was uncomfortable out there,” he said. “Towards the end I hit the ball a little bit better, but in the beginning I wasn t very comfortable with the whole thing. “You just adapt a little bit and hit slightly different lines. They re not necessarily going to give you birdies, but they also keep the bogeys off the card. If I can feel a bit more comfortable then I ll hit more aggressive lines then I might make a few more birdies. “I must say the course is playing more difficult, and there were some pin positions that were really iffy – I thought 13 and 14 in particular.” Madsen was unable to reproduce the magic of his opening round of 65 and had to settle for a one-under par 71. Starting at the 10th, the Dane reached the turn in 36, but then had to battle in the second half of his round as he recorded two bogeys and a double bogey in consecutive holes. Soren Hansen and Ross Fisher both shot the rounds of the day with seven-under par 65s that took them into tied third, just one shot off the lead. However, Ricardo Santos and Allan Versfeld – who were both within one shot of Madsen after the opening day – lost ground on Friday. Santos hit a two-over par 74 and is four shots off the lead, while three poor holes saw Versfeld card a round of 77 – the 23-year-old hitting double bogeys at five, 14 and 15 to drop back to one-under par.