Forsyth capitalises on bright start

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Scotland's Alistair Forsyth stormed his way onto the leaderboard in picture-perfect conditions in the early stages of the second round of the SAA Open at Erinvale.

Forsyth, who sat nicely just behind the leaders after a first round 68, made the most of an early start on Friday to card three early birdies and move into second place on seven under after 13 holes.

That was one shot off the leader Brett Rumford, who equalled the course record with a 64 in the first round and was among the afternoon starters today.

Forsyth, who partnered Paul Lawrie to 12th place in the World Cup in Mexico in November, was enjoying the sunshine which parted the clouds in Cape Town.

Starting from the 10th, Forsyth parred the first six holes before birdies on 16 and 17 took him to the turn in 34.

He started the front nine, playing a lot easier in the good conditions, with two pars before another birdie on the par five third.

Also making his move was defending champion Trevor Immelman of South Africa, who posted a 71 yesterday.

The local favourite, who grew up on this course, posted two birdies on the back nine before an exceptional eagle three on the third saw him move up to joint ninth place on five under.

South African Craig Lile continued his good form to move to three under for the day after 13 holes and six under for the tournament, while another South African, Nico van Rensburg, added another two shots to his overnight total to move alongside Forsyth in second position at seven under.

Comments