“The Joburg Open has reached halfway, thus the cut. No surprise really, but the South African golfers are all over the leaderboard like ants over jam scone on a picnic table [Ed – WTF?]”
Charl Schwartzel sits just five shots off the pace as he looks to win the Joburg Open for the third time in four years in Johnnesburg, this weekend.
Branden Grace came between Schwartzel and that prestigious honour last year. This time around, there are four other South African golfers and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar all with their eyes on the prize and very much in contention.
Fisher Jnr & Sterne lead the way, T1 on -15 going into the penultimate day at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Course.
George Coetzee occupies third place on his own, three shots off the leaders.
Then comes Schwartzel, Aguliar and yet another South African golfer, Keith Horne, all on -10 at the halfway stage.
UK Golf’s best chance of bringing a slice of the €1.3M purse back to Blighty is Tommy Fleetwood. He and a clutch of golfers occupy T7 a shot further back on -9.
Whilst the action pre-cut has taken place on both the West and East Golf Courses, the pairings for the weekend’s golf action will all play on the East Course.
First tee-off is five to seven in the morning; Robert Jan Derksen gets us under way. The leading five pairings, including Charl Schwarzel and Tommy Fleetwood, all tee off around noon, local time.
They’re two hours in front at the Joburg Open, so please remember that if you fancy slipping 50p each way on Schwarzel to log on to SKY Bet by 9:30-ish, latest.
Golfers you fancy further down the field, you’d better log on a tad earlier. The top 20 at Joburg at the halfway point are listed in the European Tour’s leaderboard screen-shot, above.
Thet Watson’s tip for the 2013 Joburg Open
Watch out for Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli, is my advice. He’s -8, seven off the pace. That’s certainly doable, especially considering the leaders have each saved 15 shots from par over the first two days’ golf.
Coverage in the UK is on SKY Sports 3/3HD. Programmes start at 10:30am, both Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th Feb.
Therefore the leading pair, Trevor Fisher Jnr & Richard Sterne, will have just about teed off in the morning when we join South Africa live on SKY.
If you’re interested in what’s going on over on the PGA Tour this weekend, coverage of the third day at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am comes live from California immediately after day three at the Joburg Open is wrapped up. Same channel, SKY Sports 3/3HD, 6:30pm.
I sincerely hope you’ve picked the winner and had a few pence on him.
The remaining four golfers post-cut from 10-Tee-20-Vision, my Fantasy Race To Dubai team, and links to all sorts of other useless golf information you’ll find through the link at the top of the screen.
Thet Watson. xxx