England’s Miles Tunnicliff joined South African Branden Grace and Austria’s Markus Brier at the top of the Africa Open leaderboard following the second round; Tunnicliffe and Grace both shot rounds of 69, while Brier carded a 66 for 10-under par totals, and the trio lead by one shot.
A second trio of players on 9-under par sees Tunnicliff’s fellow Englishman Ross McGowan join South African duo Jaco Van Zyl and tipster pick and British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, while Scot Elliot Saltman carded a 71 to take lone possession of seventh place.
Overnight leader Brandon Pieters dropped away from the summit of the leaderboard following a disappointing 77 to slip to 3-under par.
Tunnicliff started the day one shot behind Pieters, following an opening 67 and raced out the blocks on his second round; carding five straight birdies from the opening hole before shooting a pair of bogeys to turn in 34. Tunnicliff got those dropped shots back with birdies at the 11th and 12th holes before back-to-back bogeys again halted his progress. But Tunnicliff finished positively to birdie the last hole.
“The back nine was extremely tough,” Tunnicliff said afterwards. “It is a little more difficult and the wind was picking up and up on every hole.
“I was just trying to survive out there in the end, just trying to keep the ball in play. I started really well, but then with that wind things were bound to slip a little bit.
“I hit a few iffy shots around the turn and towards the end, but managed to have a nice chip in at the last which makes it very nice.”
Gareth Maybin and Darren Clarke, the other members of the tipster trio for this event both dopped back to 2-under par after starting the day 4-under.