Day two – as it happenedon December 6, 2013
07:30 – And we’re underway here on day two, with grey skies greeting us as a minute’s silence is held for Madiba. An early start for all after yesterday’s lightning interruptions. Luke Donald leading the way on five under, but he has Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson and Brendon de Jonge in his slipstream at three under. Some of the players have 14 holes still to complete, so could be some tired legs at the end of it.
07:52 – Sergio Garcia announcing himself to the field with birdies at the ninth and 10th. The two-time former champion looks to be in the groove, and gets to two under par.
08:07 – A sensational eagle at the ninth from Charl Schwartzel, but it’s been eclipsed by a remarkable Garcia birdie run. The Spaniard racks up further red numbers at the 11th and 12th, and both men now find themselves at four under.
08:31 – Donald cards his first blemish of the tournament with a rather untidy bogey at the 16th, while Donaldson makes birdie on the same hole just before him. Suddenly we have five players leading the way at four under, with Bjorn also in the group.
08:48 – Brendon de Jonge at it again. His wedge approach at the 14th hole dances around the hole before spinning back, desperately unlucky not to have at least hit the pin. Or holed out like he did at the ninth yesterday.
08:52 – We have a new leader folks! Sergio makes a fine up and down at the 14th to get it to five under. Five birdies in his last six holes, who can stop this man?
09:04 – What a way for Donaldson to finish! Birdies 18 to close out a 67 and take the clubhouse lead. A bogey-free round in the end, fine effort from the Welshman.
09:13 – Make that a trifecta at five under. Schwartzel leaves himself just five feet for birdie at the 14th and makes no mistake. Eight players within one shot of each other – it’s hotting up here at Sun City!
09:24 – Guess who? It’s Sergio! Wonderful approach to the difficult 17th, and he buries the putt to get it to six under and claim the outright lead.
09:33 – What a colourful scorecard Thongchai Jaidee is about to sign. His round of 69 included just six pars! Three bogeys, a double and eight birdies accounted for the rest.
09:44 – Garcia gets up and down at the 18th to close out his 66 and secure the lead. Time for a quick bite to eat and then he’ll be back out. In the meantime, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano makes his fourth birdie since the turn and joins the group at five under. He displaces Schwartzel, who makes bogey after a poor tee shot at the 16th.
10:08 – Fernandez-Castano gives one back at the short 16th hole, while Bjorn continues to impress. A birdie at the 13th moved him to five under, and although he’ll be disappointed to have not capitilized on the par-five 14th, he’s right in amongst it.
10:13 – Schwartzel’s birdie effort at 18 finishes on the lip, so he’ll have to settle for a 68, two behind Garcia.
10:37 – Fernandez-Castano two putts for par at 18 to finish on 67 to share second with Donaldson and Bjorn, with the latter still out on the course.
10:49 – The Dane ups and downs for his par at 18 to close out a 67, and that completes the opening round here in the Pilanesburg. Although some of the players are already out on the course again, with Donaldson making a three at the first to join Garcia on six under.
10:57 – Donaldson birdies the second, and we have a new leader! The Welshman hasn’t even come close to making a bogey so far this week, and looks in terrific touch.
11:29 – Well, you can’t stop a moving train, and Jamie goes and helps himself to another birdie at the short fourth hole and moves two clear of Garcia. Although he did leak his drive at the fifth into what may well be a cobra’s nest, and he wasted little time pinching his ball out of there and claiming the free drop.
12:12 – Not much happening out there at the moment, it’s as you were at the top of the leaderboard with Bjorn and Garcia trailing Donaldson by three. Fernandez-Castano’s opening bogey has seen him slip back to four under to share fourth place with Thongchai Jaidee.
12:19 – Go Jamie you good thing! He rolls in a 15 footer for birdie at the eighth hole and reaches nine under, four clear of Bjorn. Garcia bogeys the fifth to fall back to four under, and the Welshman really is poised to run away with it here.
12:41 – Another one for Donaldson at nine. He really is making it look easy here, and no one else seems to have an answer. Although Fernandez-Castano’s three at the third sees him join Bjorn at five under.
12:58 – Ah, he is human after all. Donaldson gets into trouble off the tee at the 10th, and nearly salvages par, but drops back to nine under, still four clear.
13:24 – Great stuff here from Darren Fichardt, makes his fifth birdie of the day and gets to four under. But the man producing the best form of the day, other than Donaldson, is American Ryan Moore, who just closed out a front nine of 32 to get to five under – good enough for a share of second with Thongchai Jaidee.
13:41 – The Americans are on the move here. Moore and DA Points both five under for the round and six under for the tournament; the latter making a sensational eagle at the tenth hole.
13:59 – Well, it didn’t take Jamie long to get back on the horse. Back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 see the leader soar to 11 under par, and his advantage swells to five. Meanwhile, local boy Schwartzel makes an eagle of his own at the tenth, and joins the American duo at six under.
14:17 – Martin Kaymer you beauty! The defending champion holes from off the green for eagle at the ninth and shifts up to five under. No other changes at the top, other than Jaidee, whose birdie at 14 gets him back to five under too.
14:38 – Donaldson comes so close to making his eighth birdie of the day, as his 12 footer at the 17th finishes on the lip. Meanwhile Kaymer makes a birdie at 10 to get to six under, and Moore is up to seven under with a birdie at 13.
14:55 – Back-to-back birdies for Moore, and he sneaks up to eight under. Three shots in it now, is the tide starting to turn a bit? Well, Donaldson closes out his 66 with a fine up and down at the 18th and leads by three.
15:07 – Oh no Ryan! He hits it close at the 15th, and tamely goes too low with his birdie putt from five feet. He remains at eight under, while De Jonge holes a beauty there to join the group at six under.
15:25 – Fine up and down from the sand by former champion Henrik Stenson, and he quietly creeps up to seven under. Watch out Jamie, this man is tough to beat!
15:51 – Solid par for Moore to close out a brilliant 65. He probably could have gone even lower, but he’ll take that. Eight under, and three off the pace in solo second.
16:02 – Nice one Charl! He holes from off the green for birdie at 18 much to the delight of the gallery. Ends the day with a smile and a share of fourth place at six under.
16:12 – Look out chaps, Henrik is on the charge. A stunning approach to the 17th hole was capped off by a nice putt from eight feet, and he now joins Moore in second on eight under.
16:44 – Darts being thrown here at 18. Thomas Bjorn hits a beauty to eight feet, but anything he can do, Kaymer can do better as he puts it stone dead.
16:49 – Both men make their putts, and move themselves to seven under and a share of fourth. That’s a wrap for today folks. Very interesting leaderboard. Donaldson has three strokes to play with, but he has a bunch of useful players lurking. Let’s see how moving day goes.