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David Lynn takes over lead at halfway stage

Britain’s David Lynn fired a four-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after a Joburg Open second round disrupted by thunderstorms on Friday.

Lynn’s 12-under total of 130 gave him the narrowest of advantages over South African Charl Schwartzel (68), the European Tour money-list leader.

Sharing third place on 132 at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club were South Africans Jbe’ Kruger (69) and Hendrik Buhrmann (64) and British pair Darren Clarke (69) and Danny Willett (67).

Lynn made five birdies and one bogey on a soggy East course.

“I knew anything under par around there was a very good score,” the Englishman told reporters. “I got off to a good start with a birdie at the first and that put me in a good frame of mind.

“I knew I had to put some numbers together on the West course yesterday. That’s the build-your-score course.”

The opening two rounds at the tournament co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the South African Sunshine Tour were played on the East and West courses.

The event now moves exclusively to the East layout for the final two rounds.

Schwartzel said: “The East is definitely the more daunting one and you need to hit a lot of good iron shots to give yourself birdie opportunities.

“I hit some good shots but mostly around 20 feet from the hole. There were quite a few flags at the back of greens and they’re very difficult to get to on a wet course.”

Briton John Parry and Andrew Curlewis of South Africa were seven-under with three holes still to play when darkness fell. They need to complete their rounds on Saturday morning.

First-round leader Neil Schietekat of South Africa could only card a 72 for 134.

Among the players to miss the cut were 2008 U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee of New Zealand and defending champion Anders Hansen of Denmark, the highest-ranked player in the field at number 39 in the world.



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