Branden goes five clear
Article posted: 05 October 2012
I think the way I’m playing and hitting the ball I’m looking forward to playing Carnoustie - the putter is going and I’m looking forward to it
Branden Grace is five shots clear at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after he followed Thursday’s marvellous 60 with a superb 67.
Grace, who plays Saturday’s round at Carnoustie after navigating Kingsbarns and St Andrews with aplomb, is 17 under par for the tournament.
Starting the day two shots clear, the South African bogeyed the fourth at the Home of Golf. However, he responded in fine style, making five birdies in the next six holes before adding one more at thr 18th.
"As soon as I made the birdie at the fifth I settled down and got things going and the form of Thursday kicked in,” said Grace. "The putts kept going in and I made three 25 footers which was nice.
"I think the way I’m playing and hitting the ball I’m looking forward to playing Carnoustie. The putter is going and I’m looking forward to it."
Fredrik Andersson Hed is tied eighth on nine under after carding a one under 71, while James Kingston is tied 17th on seven under following his three under 69. Matthew Baldwin is inside the top 30 on six under after shooting a 69 for the second round in succession. Chris Wood is poised one shot behind following a two under 70.
Tommy Fleetwood and Joost Luiten are five and four under respectively, while Shiv Kapur signed for a 70 to join Richard Finch on three under. Romain Wattel and Dave Horsey are three under. David Howell, George Coetzee, Allan Versfeld are one under, while Gregory Bourdy and Louis Oosthuizen are level par.
Jeev Mikha Singh is tied sixth at the Canon Open on six under, four shots back, while Florentyna Parker is tied 15th at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France on two under. Ben An and Chris Lloyd are tied eighth at the ALLIANZ Open de Lyon on six under following rounds of 65 and 66 respectively. Simon Wakefield and Alexandre Kaleka also made the weekend.