England’s Lee Westwood – the current world number one – stormed into the halfway lead after two rounds at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City. Westwood, who opened with a 4-under par 68 added a second round 64 to take a three shot lead over his nearest challenger, Ryder Cup team-mate Ross Fisher.
Westwood started his second round with successive pars before three birdies in his next four holes and another one on the par five ninth helped him make the turn in 32. He then picked up another shot on the tenth, before making a further three birdies in his last five holes to put the seal on an impressive day’s work.
Fisher, who started the day one shot ahead of Westwood carded a 68 to close on 9-under par as the 12-man field threatens to get strung out by the English pair’s pace-setting golf.
Edoardo Molinari, Padraig Harrington – who took the lead after the first round – and Miguel Angel Jiminez are tied together in third place, a further three shots behind Fisher.
Ernie Els took sole possession of sixth place on five under after shooting 68, with Tim Clark carding a 67 to move him to four under par, the same mark as defending champion Robert Allenby who carded a second successive round of 70.
British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen brings up the rear of the 12-man field after a disappointing second round 73 dropped him to the bottom of the pile.