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Swede Noren takes two-shot lead at Sun City

Sun City (South Africa) (AFP)


Swede Alex Noren moved two shots clear after the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge Friday at the storm-hit Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.
The 34-year-old winner of seven European Tour events, including three this season, added a five-under-par 67 to his first-round 69 for a 136 halfway total.
After a one-birdie first nine of 35, Noren clicked on the inward journey with five more birdies. His lone blemish was a four at the par-three 12th.
“I made a lot of birdies on the back nine after that storm delay. I holed a chip, it was a good nine,” said Noren.
“I am very pleased how I kept it together, because it is a tough golf course. A little bit of a wayward shot and you can be in some difficult positions.
“I know how tricky this game is and I am just trying to improve every day, every week.”
South Africans George Coetzee (69), Louis Oosthuizen (66) and Jaco van Zyl (69), Chris Wood (69) of England and Fabrizio Zanotti (68) of Paraguay share second place.
Former British Open champion Oosthuizen claimed the lowest round of the day — a six-birdie 66 — over the 7,161-metre (7,831-yard), par-72 layout in north-west South Africa.
“There are a lot of holes where you think you can overpower them by just blasting a driver, but I took the hard route today,” said Oosthuizen.
“I used a few three irons and a lot of five woods off the tee to give myself a mid-iron into the green.”
Spaniard Alejandro Canizares (68) on 139 trails Noren by three shots in the penultimate tournament of the Road to Dubai series.
Series leader and reigning British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden could manage only a two-over 74 and is seven shots off the pace.
Zanotti made history with the first hole-in-one of the 35-year tournament. His ace came at 199-metre fourth
Dane Lasse Jensen claimed only the third albatross of this European season with his three-iron second at 14th trickling into the hole. His 69 left him six shots behind Noren.
Some former major champions fared poorly, including Danny Willett of England, South African Charl Schwartzel, Padraig Harrington of Ireland and German Martin Kaymer.
Willett fired a 74, Harrington and Kaymer carded a 75 each and Schwartzel a 76, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.
Play was halted for 102 minutes during the afternoon due to a storm and there will be a two-tee start Saturday with more bad weather forecast.

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