Zander Lombard moves ahead at Sun City, Louis Oosthuizen second

Christiaan Bezuidenhout practicising at the 2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City

Christiaan Bezuidenhout practicising at the 2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City

South African Zander Lombard overcame a poor start to surge into a two-shot lead after the second round of the European Tour's Nedbank Golf Challenge, sinking six birdies and an eagle in a round of 65 at the Gary Player Country Club on Friday.

Watching the bemused duo send his shot back towards the tee before scuttling off, the 28-year-old Englishman, who finished the day with a three under par 69, posted footage and a plea for help.

He says he is proud of what the tournament has become because he put a lot of work into the golf course.

"We were just fighting for a birdie every hole, not looking at the leaderboard or figuring out if we were going to just make par", he said. "It was my mindset, really positive".

Also teeing it up at the Nedbank Golf Challenge this week are 2017 Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood, who made his last appearance at this event that same year, and South African legend Els, who won the Nedbank Golf Challenge in 1999, 2000 and 2002, before the event joined the European Tour's International Schedule in 2013. It was Louis' first bogey-free round at Sun City and it's the first time he's finished any round in front here since he won the Dimension Data on the Sunshine Tour almost 13 years ago.

Oosthuizen said: "Considering that at 3am this morning, I didn't think I was doing going to tee it up, I'm very chuffed with that round".

"But it's still early in the tournament - in the first round you don't want to play yourself out of the tournament and in the first three rounds you're really just playing yourself into the event".

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It could have been much worse for the Belgian, had he not had this amazingly lucky bounce at the 17th hole.

The tee shot requires a long carry over water and Detry pulled his drive into the lake and needed to play three off the tee for the second time in his round. He made a double-bogey six.

South Africans Ernie Els and Zander Lombard are tied for third at four-under, alongside defending champion Lee Westwood.

The two veterans, who started the day alongside Lombard in joint fourth place, both dropped down the leaderboard.

Oosthuizen threw a short distance in the tenth par five and exhausted a 15-foot foot in the eleventh, with a gain of four feet in the twelfth par three, which gives the local favorite a two-stroke mattress.

However, Oosthuizen bounced back to take the overnight lead by three shots heading into Round 2. It was the fifth albatross of the season on the European Tour, achieved with a four-iron from 235 yards.

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