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So keep it right here today, with the action starting at 10:20am (CAT, SA, GMT+2) with the Champions event.
That’s it for day two then as overnight-leaders Bill Haas and Nicolas Colsaerts both shave the cup for birdie but are forced to settle for pars. The American came back well after a poor start, and his 73 today keeps him in the hunt at one-under par.
The Belgian endured a nightmare round of 78, and has sadly fallen all the way back to four-over par for the tournament.
Looking ahead to the weekend, it’s anyone’s tournament as Kaymer, Westwood, Haas, Schwartzel, Molinari and Oosthuizen all find themselves within in range of Lawrie’s lead.
3:51pm - Lawrie does the business with a fine chip from behind the green at the 18th hole, and the par ensured that he will head into the weekend as the sole leader. The Scot signs for an impressive round of 69, and his ball striking today was nothing short of exemplary.
Oosthuizen’s final two holes were almost an exact replica of Westwood’s, as he followed a double-bogey at the 17th hole with a magnificent approach shot to the 18th, leaving himself just 10 feet for birdie. The poorly 2010 Open champion gave the crowd something to cheer about as his putt found the middle of the hole, and the birdie sees him sign for a 72 to stay at one-under for the event.
3:40pm - Big swing at the 17th hole as Lawrie hits a gorgeous approach shot to five feet to set up a rare birdie at that hole. He now moves one clear at the top, while Oosthuizen’s second shot finds the water, and the 2010 Open champion walks away with a messy double-bogey to go back to even par.
Westwood bounces back in style on the 18th after hitting his second shot to just 10 feet – arguably the shot of the day on the finishing hole. He manages to make his three and signs for a 73 to leave him at even-par for the tournament.
Playing-partner Molinari makes a fine sand-save on the last to save par, and finishes the day at one-under for the tournament and very much in the mix.
3:31pm - Westwood’s topsy-turvy round continued as he deposited his second shot at the 17th into the drink just short of the green. The chip that followed his drop was a weak one, and he missed the resultant 10 foot putt for par, sliding all the way back to one-over par.
Meanwhile Kaymer has finished his round off with a par at the 18th hole, and will go into the weekend rounds well poised at three-under par.
3:15pm - Things once again became interesting at the top of the leaderboard as Lawrie missed a seven footer for par on the 15th hole to slip back into a share of the lead with Kaymer on three-under. Playing-partner Oosthuizen on the other hand sunk a nice putt for birdie to reach two-under, and, despite feeling under the weather today, finds himself just one stroke off the pace.
2:41pm - Paul Lawrie sole lead didn’t last long as Kaymer pulls another one back at the 14th. A fine three wood for his second shot to the par-five ran just through the green, and the former PGA champion made little fuss of the up-and-down.
Lawrie gave himself a golden opportunity to reclaim the lead as his approach to the par-four 13th left him just 14 feet for birdie, but his putt somehow lipped out, despite catching the hole with almost no speed.
2:29pm - Schwartzel comes oh-so-close to making eagle at the par-five 14th hole, as his chip agonisingly ghosts over the lip. He taps in for birdie nonetheless to join the group at two-under, although Lawrie now has sole possession of the lead as he finally managed to roll in a putt for birdie at the par-three 12th hole.
2:11pm - Paul Lawrie simply cannot buy a putt as he is yet again denied a birdie at the par-five 10th hole. He stays at two-under, and shares the lead with Kaymer - who pulled a birdie back on the same hole -and Westwood, who joined them courtesy of a birdie at the 11th after a fine approach shot.
Hot on their heels are Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel , who have all made their way back to one-under par.
1:35pm - More problems for Kaymer at the par-five ninth hole as his second shot finds a watery grave. His fourth from the drop zone flies the green, and he was fortunate not to end up in the iconic water hazard for a second time. He does well to get up and down though, and remains in red numbers.
After making a disappointing bogey-six on the second hole, Charl Schwartzel has got his round going as back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th holes have seen him move up to two-under par and a share of the tournament lead with Paul Lawrie, who again failed to capitilise on a good birdie chance at the eighth.
1:14pm - The eighth hole is ranked the toughest on the course, and claims another victim in the form of Kaymer. The German’s tee shot found the rough on the right, and he was unable to find the green with his second and made a bogey to slip back to two-under and shares the lead with Paul Lawrie, who missed a makeable birdie putt at the par-three seventh hole.
12:52pm - All sorts of trouble for Westwood at the fifth hole, as his errant tee shot finds some thick Pilanesburg jungle on the left. He goes for a risky second, but is unable to advance it beyond the rough. He recovers well with his third shot finishing just short of the green, but he couldn’t get down in two from there and falls back to even par.
It was good news for Paul Lawrie at the fifth though as he rolled in a 18 foot putt for birdie, which edged him up to two-under par, although he remains one behind Kaymer who made a magnificent birdie at the seventh.
The unflappable Langer has also carried on serenely, and a birdie-four at the ninth hole sees him reach the turn at seven under – firmly in control of the Champions Challenge with a three-shot lead.
12:39pm - Colsaerts has a wretched time on the second hole, as a combination of rough and bunkers saw him record a double-bogey seven. Haas could only manage a par and both overnight leaders now find themselves at even par – two strokes behind Kaymer and Westwood.
12:27pm - Dangerous start for overnight co-leader Bill Haas as his tee shot on the first finds the fairway bunker. He tries to splash it out, but only succeeds in finding the lip, although his ball luckily ricocheted out into the semi-rough. His approach doesn’t find the putting surface, and he fails to negotiate a simple up-and-down. The double-bogey sees him slip back to even par.
No such problems for Colsaerts as he makes a textbook par after finding the fairway with his drive and finds the green with his second shot.
However, the Belgian now has a German and an Englishman for company at two-under, as Kaymer rolls in a 14 footer at the par-three fourth hole for birdie, while Westwood curls in a nice put at the third for his birdie three.
12:08pm - A lovely up-and-down from the sand gives Martin Kaymer a birdie at the par-five second and he joins a growing group of players at one-under par. Oosthuizen and Paul Lawrie both stayed at one-under par after starting with solid two-putt pars at the opening hole.
11:58am - Amusing moment on the first tee as starter Dale Hayes announces Louis Oosthuizen as last year’s Open Champion. Oosthuizen’s face was the picture of confusion at being incorrectly credited with this title, and dispatched his drive down the right, although he found a good lie.
11:40am - A bad hole at the second for Charl Schwartzel, as an up and down was only enough to yield a bogey. He slips back to one-over par, and will feel as though he’s lost two on the field there.
Francesco Molinari is already a man on the move though as a birdie at the first hole takes him into red numbers. The Italian’s second shot found the right half of the green, but he rolled in a fine putt from 20 feet for his three, while playing partner Lee Westwood was unable to convert his birdie opportunity from 18 feet.
Big problems for Justin Rose as he makes a triple bogey at the third hole. He slips back to four-over now and that’s dented his chances considerably.
11:19am - Bernhard Langer came out of the blocks hot with birdies at the opening two holes to take him to six-under. At the first his approach landed just 14 feet from the pin, and he had no problems negotiating the putt. His birdie at the par-five second hole was also a comfortable one.
Although Langer threatened to run away with things, Mark Calcavecchia and Jay Haas kept him in their sights as they birdied the second.
10:55am - Tidy pars for Mark Calcavecchia and Ian Woosnam at the opening hole. The American left himself in excess of 40 feet for birdie but nearly curled his effort home. The Welshman hit a fine approach and also enjoyed a comfortable two-putt.
10:47am - Jeff Sluman cards the first birdie of the day with a fine three at the first. He moves back to one-over par for the tournament and five behind leader Bernhard Langer.
Funk, meanwhile, has had a horror start to his round as he followed his opening double with a bogey at the par-five second hole.
10:32am - Day two has officially begun with the opening pairing of Tom Watson and Fred Funk kicking proceedings off. Both men struggled on the first hole as Funk had bunker troubles en route to an opening double-bogey, while Watson missed a seven footer for par.