Jamie Donaldson finds himself three shots clear of the field at the halfway point of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, though his advantage could have been even greater if not for an unfortunate bounce that led to a penalty mid-way through his second round.
Donaldson followed his opening 67 with a 6-under 66 Friday in Sun City, and leads by three over world No. 3 Henrik Stenson and Ryan Moore. The Welshman got off to a blistering start, carding birdies on five of his first nine holes, before things took an unusual turn when Donaldson found a fairway bunker on the par-5 10th hole.
"It was mad, I just pushed my tee shot a little bit into the trap and tried to move it about 100 yards down the fairway," explained Donaldson. "But it clipped the lip, and as the ball sort of came back I hit it again with my shaft, over my shoulder, back into the bunker."
The bad break resulted in a one-shot penalty for the 38-year-old, who went on to bogey the hole. He bounced back with two more birdies coming home, though, and his 66 was bettered only by Moore's 7-under 65 Friday among the limited field in South Africa.
Donaldson, Stenson and Moore will play together during Saturday's final group, while the next closest group of contenders includes Thomas Bjorn and Martin Kaymer, both 7 under through 36 holes and six shots off the pace, and Charl Schwartzel, who is 6 under for the event as he seeks his second worldwide victory in as many weeks.