Alfred Dunhill Championship: Charl Schwartzel takes share of halfway lead at Leopard Creek
Last Updated: 01/12/13 2:51pm
Charl Schwartzel: Tied for the lead after 36 holes
Defending champion Charl Schwartzel and last week's winner Morten Orum Madsen are tied for the halfway lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The duo share top spot at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa after posting eight-under - a shot clear of England's Ross Fisher and Madsen's fellow Dane Soren Hansen.
Second round leaderboard
(Rsa unless stated)
-8 M O Madsen (Den)
-8 C Schwartzel
-7 R Fisher (Eng)
-7 S Hansen (Den)
-6 T Van Aswegen
-6 R Finch (Eng)
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Madsen, who captured last week's South African Open, had a rollercoaster round as he went in search of back-to-back victories.
Starting from the 10th, Madsen had taken a double bogey seven on the 13th but bounced back with three birdies in the next five holes and then eagled the par five second from 15 feet.
However, he then dropped shots at the next two holes and double bogeyed the fifth before birdies at the sixth and eighth completed a 71.
That gave him the clubhouse lead but he was caught by Schwartzel, who made steady progress towards the top of the leaderboard in the afternoon session.
The 2011 Masters champion was four back when he teed off but made birdies at five, six and nine to be just a shot off the pace.
A birdie at the par five 15th pulled Schwartzel level and three closing pars gave him a second successive 68 and kept the pre-tournament favourite alongside Madsen going into the weekend.
The most extreme round of the day was played by Darren Fichardt.
The South African produced a superb back nine 30 to move into the top five, just two back, before making bogeys at 13 and 16.
A birdie at the par five closing hole would still have seen him finish the day in a tie for seventh but, instead, he made three visits to the water, racked up a quintuple bogey 10 and missed the cut.