Magical Kenya Open - R2

De Jager storms ahead in Kenya

March 14-17
Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya
€1,100,000
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Louis de Jager opened up a commanding four-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa after carding a second round of 66 in Nairobi.

De Jager storms ahead in Kenya, © Getty Images

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The South African shared the overnight lead with England’s Jack Singh Brar going into Day Two at Karen Country Club, but after bagging seven birdies today he put daylight between himself and the rest of the field.

“I had to find my feet a bit at the start of the season but I’m feeling comfortable out here now.

“I told the guys when we played a practice round on Tuesday, after the desert, you could feel you were in Africa, back in our continent. You get used to the feel of the Kikuyu grass, and the ball travels the same as back home in Pretoria, distance wise, so it really feels like we’re back home.”

De Jager, who triumphed on the Sunshine Tour earlier this year, will have history on his side going into the weekend because over the last five seasons a player has led by four or more shots after 36 holes on ten occasions on the European Tour – with seven going on to win.

“My game plan over the weekend is not to be too aggressive. The most important thing is hitting the fairways and hitting the greens because the greens are quite small. If you hit the greens you’ve always got a good birdie chance here.”

Four shots off the pace in a share of second place are Singh Brar and Spaniard Adri Arnaus. Both European Challenge Tour graduates, the pair are well poised to make a charge for a maiden European Tour title after rounds of 70 and 68 respectively today.

“It has been a fun two days,” said Singh Brar. “Yesterday I played really solid and today I kept it in there again today.

“It was a bit of an up and down round today – a bit of a mixed bag. I had a couple of good opportunities early doors and then missed a good birdie chance on nine which stunted my movement a little bit – then I was a bit scruffy on the back nine.

“I’m still in a good position and I’m looking forward to the weekend.”


In contention again is South African Justin Harding, who is five behind his countryman de Jager. The World Number 52, who triumphed in Qatar last week, is looking to become the first player to win back-to-back European Tour events since Justin Rose, who achieved the feat in 2017.

“I was a little bit more aggressive today as you have to get it in close here as it can be awkward in places,” said Harding.

“You have to pick and choose your moments here and I did that well out there. I have been trying to make less mistakes recently and I went over the green just once today – that wasn’t the case yesterday – so I am really happy with my performance.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Louis De Jager
RSA
-12
64
66
130
T2
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-8
64
70
134
T2
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-8
66
68
134
T4
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-7
67
68
135
T4
Justin Harding
RSA
-7
70
65
135
T4
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-7
65
70
135
T7
Liam Johnston
SCO
-6
67
69
136
T7
Stuart Manley
WAL
-6
71
65
136
T9
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-5
69
68
137
T9
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-5
71
66
137
T9
Romain Langasque
FRA
-5
67
70
137
T9
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-5
70
67
137
T13
George Coetzee
RSA
-4
72
66
138
T13
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-4
71
67
138
T15
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
-3
70
69
139
T15
Kim Koivu
FIN
-3
70
69
139
T15
Marcel Schneider
GER
-3
70
69
139
T15
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-3
69
70
139
T15
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-3
71
68
139
T15
Max Schmitt
GER
-3
69
70
139
T15
Hugo Leon
CHI
-3
67
72
139
T15
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-3
69
70
139
T23
Josh Geary
NZL
-2
67
73
140
T23
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-2
74
66
140
T23
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-2
72
68
140
T23
Tom Murray
ENG
-2
72
68
140
T23
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-2
69
71
140
T23
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-2
70
70
140
T23
Simon Ngige
KEN
-2
68
72
140
T23
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
-2
69
71
140
T23
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-2
67
73
140
T23
Michael Hoey
NIR
-2
66
74
140
T33
Johannes Veerman
USA
-1
76
65
141
T33
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-1
72
69
141
T33
Connor Syme
SCO
-1
71
70
141
T33
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-1
73
68
141
T33
David Cooke
USA
-1
70
71
141
T33
Khalin Joshi
IND
-1
72
69
141
T33
Jack Senior
ENG
-1
69
72
141
T40
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
Par
73
69
142
T40
Nick Cullen
AUS
Par
72
70
142
T40
Ben Stow
ENG
Par
75
67
142
T40
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
73
69
142
T40
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
69
73
142
T40
Ross McGowan
ENG
Par
74
68
142
T40
Bryce Easton
RSA
Par
72
70
142
T40
Justus Madoya
KEN
Par
71
71
142
T40
Maarten Lafeber
NED
Par
72
70
142
T40
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
Par
67
75
142
T40
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
Par
70
72
142
T40
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
70
72
142
T40
John Catlin
USA
Par
71
71
142
T40
Oliver Wilson
ENG
Par
72
70
142
T40
Calum Hill
SCO
Par
71
71
142
T55
Borja Virto
ESP
1
75
68
143
T55
Joel Girrbach
SWE
1
72
71
143
T55
Joseph Dean
ENG
1
75
68
143
T55
Nico Geyger
CHI
1
76
67
143
T55
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
1
75
68
143
T55
Clement Sordet
FRA
1
70
73
143
T55
Steven Tiley
ENG
1
73
70
143
T55
Sean Crocker
USA
1
72
71
143
T55
Hugues Joannes
BEL
1
70
73
143
T55
Pep Angles
ESP
1
73
70
143
T65
David Boote
WAL
2
69
75
144
T65
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
80
64
144
T65
Martin Leth Simonsen
DEN
2
73
71
144
T65
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
2
71
73
144
T65
Mathieu Fenasse
FRA
2
75
69
144
T65
Oliver Farr
WAL
2
70
74
144
T65
Oscar Lengden
SWE
2
74
70
144
T65
Adrien Saddier
SCO
2
72
72
144
T65
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
2
71
73
144
T65
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
2
73
71
144
T65
Ben Evans
ENG
2
72
72
144
T65
Darius van Driel
NED
2
71
73
144
T65
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
74
70
144
T65
Max Orrin
ENG
2
74
70
144
T65
Simon Forsstroem
SWE
2
74
70
144
CUT
Daan Huizing
NED
3
72
73
145
CUT
David Borda
ESP
3
73
72
145
CUT
Dismas Indiza Anyonyi
KEN
3
69
76
145
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
3
72
73
145
CUT
Greg Snow
KEN
3
73
72
145
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
3
75
70
145
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
3
73
72
145
CUT
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
3
77
68
145
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
74
71
145
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
73
72
145
CUT
William Liu
CHN
3
70
75
145
CUT
Alexander Knappe
GER
4
72
74
146
CUT
Chris Lloyd
ENG
4
71
75
146
CUT
Clement Berardo
FRA
4
74
72
146
CUT
David Wakhu
KEN
4
74
72
146
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
4
76
70
146
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
4
71
75
146
CUT
Nelson Simwa
KEN
4
74
72
146
CUT
Samuel Chege
KEN
4
75
71
146
CUT
Scott Vincent
ZWE
4
73
73
146
CUT
Sebastien Gros
FRA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Antoine Rozner
FRA
5
71
76
147
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
5
75
72
147
CUT
Christian Braeunig
GER
5
75
72
147
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
5
73
74
147
CUT
David Opati
KEN
5
76
71
147
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
5
73
74
147
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
5
73
74
147
CUT
Philipp Mejow
GER
5
71
76
147
CUT
Seung-Su Han
KOR
5
75
72
147
CUT
Tony Omuli
KEN
5
72
75
147
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
6
72
76
148
CUT
Phillip Kasozi
UGA
6
77
71
148
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
6
75
73
148
CUT
Craig Ross
SCO
7
74
75
149
CUT
Daniel Nduva
KEN
7
76
73
149
CUT
Marco Iten
SWE
7
75
74
149
CUT
Matthew Jordan
ENG
7
76
73
149
CUT
C.J Wangai
KEN
8
79
71
150
CUT
Emilio Cuartero
ESP
8
72
78
150
CUT
Ho-Sung Choi
KOR
8
73
77
150
CUT
Jamie Abbott
ENG
8
72
78
150
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
9
72
79
151
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
9
76
75
151
CUT
Erick Obura
KEN
9
78
73
151
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
9
83
68
151
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
9
78
73
151
CUT
Ugo Coussaud
FRA
9
75
76
151
CUT
David Odhiambo
KEN
10
74
78
152
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
10
74
78
152
CUT
Riz Charania
KEN
12
78
76
154
CUT
Edwin Mudanyi
KEN
13
73
82
155
CUT
Jacob Okello
KEN
15
80
77
157
CUT
Martin Wiegele
AUT
15
77
80
157
CUT
Alfred Nandwa
KEN
16
79
79
158
CUT
Kibugu Mutahi
KEN
18
76
84
160
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
19
81
80
161
CUT
Bradley Mogire
KEN
21
77
86
163
CUT
Mike Kisia
KEN
22
83
81
164
RET
Espen Kofstad
NOR
Par
71
71
RET
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
Par
0