Charl Schwartzel moves into share of halfway lead at Alfred Dunhill Championship

Last Updated: 15/12/12 10:54am

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Charl Schwartzel: Share of the halfway lead at Leopard Creek

Charl Schwartzel: Share of the halfway lead at Leopard Creek

Home favourite Charl Schwartzel and France's Gregory Bourdy share the halfway lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.

Schwartzel is bidding for back-to-back titles after his emphatic victory in Thailand last week and is well-placed after adding a superb 64 to his opening 67.

That left him tied at the top of the leaderboard with overnight leader Bourdy (65) on 13-under-par with the duo already four shots clear of their nearest rival.

Schwartzel will be full of confidence heading into the weekend on a course where his record includes one win and four second places.

"It was there for the taking and luckily enough I took advantage early on," Schwartzel stated after producing an eagle and six birdies and keeping a bogey off his card for the second day running.

"I could have made a few more, but we can't get too greedy. All in all a very good round and I've put myself in a very good position."

Feeling great

Bourdy conceded after his round, which also featured an eagle as well as six birdies and a solitary bogey, that he faced a tough task in taking on a red-hot Schwartzel over the weekend.

Second round leaderboard

(SA unless stated)
-13 G Bourdy (Fra)
-13 C Schwartzel
-9 D Fichardt
-8 L de Jager
-8 S Webster (Eng)

Click here for collated scores

"Charl is a great player, one of the best in the world," the 30-year-old world number 184 declared. "You have to do the job over four rounds and that is difficult. But I'm feeling great and I've played two good rounds."

Darren Fichardt's 68 left him in third place on nine-under, with fellow South African Louis De Jager and England's Steve Webster one further back.

Webster lost a play-off for the rain-shortened Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban last weekend and the player who beat him there, Scotland's Scott Jamieson, is also going well again at six-under.

World number five Louis Oosthuizen climbed from one-over to five-under, but the 2010 Open champion went in the lake at the last for a bogey six and round of 67.

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