Fichardt Holds Onto Lead in Cape Town


Sunshine TourDarren Fichardt posted a even-par 72 and was able to hang on to his lead despite a hard charging Mark McNulty at the Vodacom Players Championship in Cape Town, South Africa.
Fichardt, who opened with a sizzling 63 on Thursday, never got comfortable with the wind, or in his case, the lack thereof.
The wind felt like it was there but the ball just seemed to fly through it. Hole after hole, it was tough, said Fichardt. Whenever I felt like I could get it going I had a bad bounce or something went wrong. I just wanted to stay in the lead and knew it was going to be one of those days where I had to hang in there.
McNulty on the other hand, breezed through his round with front and back side 33s. Coupled with his opening round of 70, the veteran finds himself just a shot back as they head into the weekend. His Friday scorecard revealed 10 three's.
Whenever you have 10 threes youre going to have a good round, said McNulty. When I play tournaments at the coast and I havent taken advantage when theres been no wind, Ive felt like Ive messed up. But I putted well. Anytime you have a good score you normally putt well. Im getting back to how I feel I should putt, he said in reference to the problems he has had with the putter.
Craig Lile(65), Andre Cruse(68) and Ian Keenan(70) are all two strokes off the pace at 7-under par.

Nic Henning(67) and Sandeep Grewal(71) are only three back and are in good position for the the weekend.
South African Open champion Tim Clark carded one of the strangest rounds of the day. He torched the front nine in 30, but imploded on the inward nine with a 40, finishing at a respectable 2-under 70.
The halfway cut fell at 1-over-par 145.
Full-field scores from the Vodacom Players Championship