Lynn leads last weeks champion at Joburg Open


2009 European Tour

JOHANNESBURG – David Lynn of England shot a 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke clubhouse lead at the Joburg Open after the second round was halted Friday because of a second lightning delay.

Play was called off with 30 players still to complete their rounds, and was set to resume early Saturday.

Lynn was at 12-under 130 after five birdies and a bogey. Charl Schwartzel of South Africa was a shot back after a 68.

“I got off to a good start, hitting it stiff on the first for birdie, and that put me in a good frame of mind,” Lynn said. “I continued to play like I was playing yesterday. Yesterday I was a bit tentative with the putter. Today it was much easier though.”

The tournament is played on the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington East and West courses, with Lynn and Schwartzel playing on the tougher East course on Friday after both had 63s on the West course Thursday.

Danny Willett of England headed a group of four players on 10 under after shooting a 67 on the West course. Veteran Hendrik Buhrmann of South Africa (65) was also in the tie for third, along with countryman Jbe’ Kruger (69) and Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke (69).

Schwartzel’s round was bogey free as he continued the consistent play he used to win last week’s Africa Open.

“It seems like the form from last week is carrying over and with a good weekend, if I play like I’m playing, it could get very interesting,” he said. “If you can eliminate the mistakes, you’re always going to be playing good golf.”

Defending champion Anders Hansen of Denmark was set to miss the cut despite a 68 that brought him to 2 under.