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South African Open: Henrik Stenson four clear after second round 65

Last Updated: 17/11/12 9:06am

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Henrik Stenson: Carded a second-round 65

Henrik Stenson: Carded a second-round 65

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Swede Henrik Stenson has a commanding four-stroke lead after two days of the weather-affected South African Open at Serengeti.

Since the start of last month the 36-year-old former Ryder Cup star has played in Scotland, Portugal, America, China, America again and now South Africa.

But his pursuit of a first win since May 2009 could soon be over after superb rounds of 66 and 65 put him 13 under par at halfway.

When play was suspended because of lightning on Friday, his fellow Swede Magnus Carlsson (67) shared second spot on nine under with first-round leader Merrick Bremner, who still had four holes of his second round to play.

Stenson, 19th at the PGA Tour's season-ending event in Florida on Sunday, did not land in Johannesburg until Tuesday and has been battling jetlag.

Second round leaderboard

-13 H Stenson (Swe)
-9 M Carlsson (Swe)
-9 (14) M Bremner (SA)
-8 L Saltman (Sco)

Click here for collated scores

After something of a shaky warm-up session he got going again with five birdies in seven holes around the turn and then produced a majestic eagle on the 576-yard eighth, his penultimate hole of the day.

The big-hitter needed only a drive and six-iron to find the island green - even though it was into the wind - and made an eight-foot putt.

Bremner, who matched the course record with his opening 64, recovered from an early double bogey to grab four birdies, but had just dropped another shot when the sirens sounded.

In fourth place on eight under is Scotland's Lloyd Saltman, but the former Walker Cup star - he was a team-mate of Rory McIlroy five years ago - has to win to earn a European Tour card for next season.

Last week he failed to make it through the second stage of the qualifying school in Spain, but a seven-birdie 66 will at least have given him some hope for the weekend.

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