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Tshwane Open: Ross Fisher one clear at Copperleaf

Last Updated: 28/02/14 5:53pm

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Ross Fisher: Bogey-free on Friday

Ross Fisher: Bogey-free on Friday

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England's Ross Fisher shot a second-round 65 to move into a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Tshwane Open in Centurion.

Fisher leads Morten Orum Madsen after the Dane also got round the Copperleaf lay-out in seven-under 65 on Friday.

Both men were bogey-free, with Fisher making five birdies and an eagle at the par five 15th, while Madsen carded seven birdies.

Second round leaderboard

GB & Ire unless stated
-13 R Fisher
-12 M Orum Madsen (Den)
-11 S Dyson
-11 C Del Moral (Spn)
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Fisher was a member of Europe's Ryder Cup team in 2010 but has not won on the European Tour since claiming the Irish Open that year.

He is currently ranked No 82 in the world and is 51st in the Race to Dubai.

Fisher was only one under par at the turn after a birdie on the first was followed by eight pars, but picked up further birdies on the 10th, 13th, 16th and 17th, along with an eagle from 40 feet on the 15th.

"It was pretty special. Any time you can do that is very pleasing," he said.

"I made a nice birdie on the start of the back side and then hit a lovely shot into 13 to about a foot and that really got me going.

"Eagling the par-five was a huge bonus. It was a shame not to birdie 18, but it was nice to cosy that chip up stone dead and walk off seven under."

Overnight leader Simon Dyson could only manage a 68 and dropped into a share of third alongside Spaniard Carlos Del Moral (65) on 11-under.

Hot Hoey

Michael Hoey sunk seven birdies in a row on his back nine on his way to a 65 and a 10-under halfway total.

Having turned at the Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate on level par for his round, Northern Ireland's Hoey made birdies from the 10th to the 16th holes.

He is alongside South Africans Darren Fichardt, Jake Roos and Trevor Fisher jnr in a share of fifth.

Johannesburg-born Thomas Aiken, winner of the Africa Open play-off two weeks ago, is nine strokes off the pace after shooting a one-under 71.

But his felow countryman and defending champion Dawie van der Walt failed to make the cut after rounds of 78 and 74.

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