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Brazil's Adilson da Silva opens three-shot lead at halfway point of Africa Open

By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK.   Last Updated: 16/02/13 10:01am

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Adilson da Silva: Three shots clear the halfway stage in East London

Adilson da Silva: Three shots clear the halfway stage in East London

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Brazilian Adilson da Silva opened up a three-shot lead at the halfway point of the Africa Open after a fine putting display in East London.

Da Silva finished the second round three shots clear of overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl on 14-under-par having played a total of 28 holes on Friday.

Resuming on five-under, the 41-year-old had ten holes of his first round to complete after high winds forced a three-hour delay on Thursday and picked up where he had left off as three birdies and an eagle saw him post an opening ten-under 62.

He quickly headed back out and would return a second round of 68, featuring five birdies and just a solitary bogey, to move well clear of the field.

Second round leaderboard

(SA unless stated)
-14 A Da Silva (Bra)
-11 J Van Zyl
-10 J Parry (Eng)
-8 D Fichardt
-8 O Bekker

Click here for collated scores

But, one of the later starters, Van Zyl made inroads into his commanding lead with a run of four consecutive birdies on his back nine moving him within three strokes at 11-under.

Parry finishes well

England's John Parry was one of the last men to finish and also produced a stunning back-nine performance to push himself into contention.

The European Q-School winner needed just 30 strokes coming home, five birdies helping him shoot a 66 which leaves him just four off the pace at 10-under.

Home players Darren Fichardt and Oliver Bekker both shot 67s to share fourth place at eight-under, with rising Portuguese star Ricardo Santos (66) and France's Gregory Bourdy (67) just one shot further back.

However, it is da Silva who leads the way and the diminutive South American insisted much of it had been down to finding some form with his putter.

"My putting has been letting me down lately, and it just came alive. I must have had 23, 24 putts, which must make it my best round in putting," he said of his stunning 62.

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