ENGLAND’S John Parry fell short of wresting the clubhouse lead from Brazilian Adilson Da Silva despite shooting a six-under-par 66 on day two of the Africa Open.
Da Silva began the day one shot behind overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl but, resuming on the 10th hole after strong winds on the East London course had forced an early end to yesterday’s play, stormed into a four-shot lead by completing a sparkling ten-under-par 62.
A Sunshine Tour regular, Da Silva then carded birdies on the tenth, 13th and 15th holes on a back nine which also included a bogey on the 11th before pulling two shots back on the return to sign for a four-under-par 68, to finish the day 14 under and three strokes clear of Van Zyl atop the leaderboard.
Da Silva acknowledged he had been helped by the draw, which meant he had avoided the worst of the heavy gusts his rivals had to deal with. “I got a good break yesterday,” he said. “It was extremely hard out there for the morning field, and then I got the break and I just started making some putts. I somehow just felt the pace, and my caddie and I are reading the greens very well.” Van Zyl teed off in the afternoon to reclaim second spot from fellow South African Darren Fichardt when he completed a round of 67, but Parry stayed in touch by picking up five shots on the back nine to finish the day in third place. The 26-year-old from Harrogate leads Fichardt and his compatriot Oliver Bekker, who both registered 67s, with the latter boosted by two eagles on the front nine.
Portugal’s Ricardo Santos and Frenchman Gregory Bourdy took a share of sixth place with rounds of 66 and 67 respectively, while Ireland’s David Higgins posted a 68 to share eighth spot with Chilean Mark Tullo (69) and South African Tjaart van der Walt (68). Scots David Drysdale and Chris Doak both shot 67s, but are 11 off the furious pace set by Da Silva, while Craig Lee’s second-round 70 wasn’t enough for him to survive the cut. Other Scots heading home were Peter Whiteford and Callum Macaulay.
Meanwhile, England’s Luke Donald shot a second-round 66 to return to the clubhouse in third place at the Northern Trust Open in California. Donald hit seven birdies and two bogeys to sign for a five-under-par total and improve to seven under for the tournament. Donald, who opened with a 69 yesterday, finished the second round two strokes behind Bae Sang-moon of South Korea at the head of the leaderboard.
Bae, who hit 65 after a round that included nine birdies and three bogeys, leads the way on nine under overall at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.
American John Merrick (66) sat second in the clubhouse on eight under, while South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel (67) and America’s Webb Simpson (66) were a stroke behind Donald at six under. Matt Kucharis produced a blemish-free seven-under-par 64 on Thursday to lead by one overnight, but made a horror start to his second round when he required six shots at the par-four tenth – his first.