Kenya Savannah Classic R2

Eagle-machine Van Tonder takes halfway lead at Karen

Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R2
March 18-21
Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R2 - Eagle-machine Van Tonder takes halfway lead at Karen
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Daniel van Tonder eagled each of the three par fives at Karen Country Club as the South African moved into a one-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Kenya Savannah Classic supported by Absa.

The 30-year-old, who won four of his seven Sunshine Tour titles in the 2020 season, had ten threes on his card on day two in Nairobi – three of them birdies and three of them eagles – as a seven under par 64 added to his opening 65 for a 13 under par total.


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R2

That moved him to the front of the packed leaderboard at Karen Country Club, a short, classic golf course which has proven equally challenging for players of every playing style over both of the back-to-back events held there.

“It started from the tee shots. I hit three very good tee shots. On the sixth I hit driver and had 177 metres to the pin and hit nine iron, I got short of that last slope and made the putt. Second one was driver, eight iron, pin-high left and made a good putt again. Then the next was driver-wedge and I hit the putt well and made it.”


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R2

“It’s a bit different this week. Last week I was here as well and missed the cut by one. I was struggling with my swing a bit – trying to play aggressive but it didn’t really work the first day. On the second I got it back. But this week I’ve found something again. I got some confidence out there so I am able to hit the driver on most tee boxes and be aggressive going into the pins.”

Justin Harding, the winner of last week’s Magical Kenya Open presented by Johnnie Walker, continued his remarkable form at Karen as he carded a 66 to drop back to a share of second place having shared the first round lead.

“I think the golf course just suits me well,” said Harding. “I enjoy it out there, I drove it really well today, I put it in play and to be fair I probably just didn’t hit it close enough to the hole. I made a couple of good long putts but missed a couple of short ones which was a bit annoying.”


Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R2

“Ultimately it’s two good days’ work done. I think I’ve got to just handle my emotions correctly. Today I was a little grumpier than I’ve been for the last five days but ultimately it’s a beautiful golf course to play and, as I’ve said many times, there are a bunch of birdies out there. If you execute your plan, any one of us can go out there and score so I’m trying to fend off the rest of the guys and see what happens.”

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He was joined on 12 under par by Scot David Drysdale, who signed for second successive 65 as he hunts a maiden European Tour title.

“I guess it was a little bit surprising after last week. Actually I had to change driver head last week to loft up and launch it a little higher in the altitude here and I just hit too many left. I missed a lot of fairways and stymied myself behind a few trees so went back to my old head, nine and a half and I’ve driven it fantastically so far.”

“The head I’m using this week is the head I’ve used for the last few events before last week. When you come to this sort of altitude I just feel you need a little bit more launch to keep the ball in the air but obviously it didn’t work out well.”

South Korean Kyongjun Moon had the highlight of the day as he made a hole-in-one albatross on the par four seventh hole, holing out from 346 yards with his driver.

Kenya Savannah Classic 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Daniel van Tonder
-13
65
64
129
T2
David Drysdale
-12
65
65
130
T2
Justin Harding *
-12
64
66
130
T4
Darren Fichardt *
-11
65
66
131
T4
Masahiro Kawamura *
-11
67
64
131
T4
Niklas Lemke *
-11
66
65
131
T7
Marcus Armitage *
-10
65
67
132
T7
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-10
66
66
132
T7
Romain Langasque *
-10
67
65
132
T7
Joost Luiten
-10
64
68
132
T7
Darius van Driel
-10
70
62
132
T12
Jonathan Caldwell
-9
65
68
133
T12
Victor Dubuisson
-9
67
66
133
T14
Rhys Enoch *
-8
67
67
134
T14
Julien Guerrier
-8
70
64
134
T14
Sam Horsfield *
-8
66
68
134
T14
Jazz Janewattananond *
-8
66
68
134
T14
Jacques Kruyswijk *
-8
70
64
134
T14
Hurly Long (a) *
-8
69
65
134
T14
Kristoffer Reitan
-8
69
65
134
T14
Lee Slattery *
-8
66
68
134
T14
Clement Sordet *
-8
64
70
134
T14
Scott Vincent *
-8
67
67
134
T14
David Wakhu *
-8
66
68
134
T25
Steven Brown
-7
68
67
135
T25
Alejandro Cañizares
-7
64
71
135
T25
Ashley Chesters
-7
67
68
135
T25
Calum Hill
-7
67
68
135
T25
Liam Johnston *
-7
66
69
135
T25
Mathiam Keyser
-7
65
70
135
T25
James Morrison *
-7
70
65
135
T25
Robin Sciot-Siegrist *
-7
66
69
135
T25
Sebastian Soderberg *
-7
68
67
135
T34
Maverick Antcliff *
-6
67
69
136
T34
Wil Besseling
-6
67
69
136
T34
Emilio Cuartero Blanco *
-6
66
70
136
T34
Louis De Jager
-6
71
65
136
T34
Ben Evans *
-6
68
68
136
T34
Jens Fahrbring *
-6
67
69
136
T34
Scott Hend *
-6
66
70
136
T34
Ross McGowan
-6
65
71
136
T34
Ricardo Santos
-6
68
68
136
T34
Lorenzo Scalise
-6
70
66
136
T34
Jayden Schaper
-6
69
67
136
T34
Matthias Schwab *
-6
66
70
136
T34
Jack Senior
-6
67
69
136
T34
Julian Suri
-6
66
70
136
T34
Lars van Meijel
-6
68
68
136
T49
Nino Bertasio *
-5
67
70
137
T49
Gaganjeet Bhullar *
-5
70
67
137
T49
Lucas Bjerregaard *
-5
69
68
137
T49
Aaron Cockerill
-5
69
68
137
T49
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-5
70
67
137
T49
David Howell *
-5
70
67
137
T49
Maximilian Kieffer
-5
68
69
137
T49
Matthieu Pavon *
-5
66
71
137
T49
Garrick Porteous *
-5
69
68
137
T49
Richie Ramsay
-5
71
66
137
T49
Cormac Sharvin
-5
65
72
137
T49
Dale Whitnell *
-5
70
67
137
T61
Dave Coupland *
-4
70
68
138
T61
Daan Huizing *
-4
68
70
138
T61
Sihwan Kim
-4
68
70
138
T61
Søren Kjeldsen *
-4
74
64
138
T61
Ondrej Lieser (a)
-4
72
66
138
T61
Jose-Filipe Lima *
-4
68
70
138
T61
Adrian Otaegui *
-4
68
70
138
T61
Aaron Rai *
-4
70
68
138
T61
Shubhankar Sharma
-4
69
69
138
T61
Martin Simonsen
-4
70
68
138
T61
Toby Tree
-4
67
71
138
T61
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-4
70
68
138
T61
Daniel Young (a) *
-4
73
65
138
T74
Dean Burmester *
-3
69
70
139
T74
John Catlin
-3
69
70
139
T74
Craig Howie
-3
68
71
139
T74
Francesco Laporta *
-3
70
69
139
T74
Alexander Levy
-3
69
70
139
T74
Adrian Meronk
-3
71
68
139
T74
Carlos Pigem *
-3
67
72
139
T74
Romain Wattel
-3
71
68
139
T82
Oliver Farr
-2
71
69
140
T82
Ewen Ferguson
-2
70
70
140
T82
Lorenzo Gagli *
-2
69
71
140
T82
David Law *
-2
71
69
140
T82
Tae Hee Lee
-2
68
72
140
T82
Chris Paisley *
-2
71
69
140
T82
Benjamin Poke
-2
70
70
140
T82
JC Ritchie *
-2
70
70
140
T82
Bernd Ritthammer
-2
72
68
140
T82
Robin Roussel *
-2
70
70
140
T82
Matthew Southgate
-2
73
67
140
T82
Johannes Veerman *
-2
70
70
140
T94
Jorge Campillo *
-1
68
73
141
T94
SSP Chawrasia *
-1
75
66
141
T94
Thriston Lawrence
-1
73
68
141
T94
Richard Mansell (a) *
-1
70
71
141
T94
Wilco Nienaber
-1
72
69
141
T99
Pep Angles
E
71
71
142
T99
Adel Balala *
E
73
69
142
T99
George Coetzee
E
70
72
142
T99
Grant Forrest *
E
72
70
142
T99
Eirik Tage Johansen *
E
73
69
142
T99
Kurt Kitayama
E
69
73
142
T99
Richard McEvoy
E
71
71
142
T99
Samuel Njoroge Chege
E
71
71
142
T99
Marcel Schneider
E
67
75
142
T99
Greg Snow *
E
71
71
142
T99
Connor Syme
E
71
71
142
T110
Matt Ford *
1
74
69
143
T110
Garrick Higgo *
1
72
71
143
T110
Edoardo Molinari *
1
74
69
143
T110
Simon Ngige Mburu
1
77
66
143
T110
Tapio Pulkkanen
1
73
70
143
T110
Jordan Smith
1
71
72
143
T116
Robson Chinhoi
3
75
70
145
T116
Gavin Kyle Green
3
74
71
145
T116
Dismas Indiza Anyonyi *
3
72
73
145
T116
Rikard Karlberg
3
75
70
145
T116
Joakim Lagergren *
3
70
75
145
T116
Jastas Madoya Asena
3
72
73
145
T116
Haydn Porteous *
3
76
69
145
T116
Alvaro Quiros *
3
71
74
145
T116
Oliver Wilson *
3
71
74
145
T125
Richard Bland
4
74
72
146
T125
Nicolai Højgaard *
4
76
70
146
T125
Anton Karlsson *
4
73
73
146
T125
Mohit Mediratta *
4
72
74
146
T125
Kyong-Jun Moon *
4
72
74
146
T125
Andrew Oche Odoh *
4
74
72
146
T125
Damien Perrier
4
73
73
146
T132
Ooko Erick Obura
5
76
71
147
T132
Tyler Koivisto
5
72
75
147
T132
Zander Lombard
5
75
72
147
T132
Guido Migliozzi
5
73
74
147
T132
Max Schmitt *
5
77
70
147
137
Gavin Moynihan *
6
72
76
148
T138
Pedro Figueiredo
7
76
73
149
T138
Isaac Ogolla Makokha
7
73
76
149
T138
Joel Stalter
7
72
77
149
T138
Cj Wangai *
7
73
76
149
T142
Matthew Baldwin
8
80
70
150
T142
Adrien Saddier
8
72
78
150
T144
Riz Charania
9
71
80
151
T144
Jaydeep Singh Sandhu *
9
72
79
151
146
Edwin Inana Asuza
10
76
76
152
T147
Yi Keun Chang *
11
74
79
153
T147
Oliver Fisher *
11
75
78
153
T147
Phillip Kasozi
11
76
77
153
T150
Michael Karanga *
13
75
80
155
T150
Mathew Omondi *
13
78
77
155
152
Deo Akope
14
82
74
156
153
Njoroge Njonge Kibugu
15
78
79
157
154
Taimur Malik
16
82
76
158
W/D
Jamie Donaldson
1
72
72
W/D
Mathew Wahome
E
* Player started on the back nine