Solar City, South Africa — Zander Lombard shot a 7-below-par 65 to overtake fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen and just take a two-shot direct following two rounds at the Nedbank Golf Obstacle on Friday.
Lombard, who has just 1 qualified title and none on the European Tour, bogeyed the first but that was his only dropped shot of the day at Gary Player Place Club in Solar Town. He collected 5 birdies and an eagle on the par-5 No. 10 to transfer to 11 below par and set himself in competition for his maiden tour title at his country’s most prestigious match.
Oosthuizen led by three immediately after a initially-spherical 63 regardless of having difficulties with kidney stones. He could not get that momentum into the next round. He produced 3 birdies and a few bogeys for a par 72 to slip two shots at the rear of.
Thomas Detry was 3rd on 7 under, four off the lead, and Tommy Fleetwood moved up to a tie for fourth with Marcus Kinhult with a second successive 69. They were being five off the tempo.
Defending winner Lee Westwood, searching for a history-breaking fourth title at Sun Town, went 1 over to slip eight pictures behind Lombard.
Lombard arrived through qualifying faculty only final calendar year and endured a run of 8 skipped cuts this calendar year.
He claimed he decided to assault the course on Friday following starting with a 68. It paid out off.
“We were just preventing for a birdie each individual gap, not searching at the leaderboard or figuring out if we have been going to just make par,” he explained. “We were being seeking to make a birdie each individual hole. It was my way of thinking. I was remaining aggressive and currently being positive and it went my way right now.”
Race to Dubai leader Bernd Wiesberger was in sight of the leaders just after a 3-less than 69 put him seven photographs behind in a tie for ninth.
Ernie Els, who has also received the Nedbank title 3 moments, saw his early guarantee disappear. Els commenced with a 68 to be on the 1st-round leaderboard but he struggled with an 81 in round two, which included a few double bogeys.