Smooth Rama sours like an eagle as leader of Day 2 of Joburg Open

Young star, 22-year-old Nikhil Rama, put on a colourful display of golf as bright as the shirt he wore.

Rama, clocked his lowest score on the tour on Friday in the second round of the Joburg Open. He matched the course-record score of eight under 62 set by Day 1 leader Thriston Lawrence.

Not only that, Rama continued his clean streak of finding the green, missing it only once as he did in his opening round on Thursday.

And he was having a great time on the course with a smile as big as his iron game, which he admitted was at its smoothest on Friday.

Rama switched places with Lawrence, who on Thursday, set the record for the lowest score at the Houghton Golf Club, in northern Joburg to lead the pack at the end of round one.  

On Friday it was Rama’s turn to butter up the audience and close the day atop the leaderboard.

Just two holes into his round which consisted of two pars, he birdied the third hole hitting a stunner of an iron shot from 202m away. Such a tease this Rama was; he had the audience gasping with a scintillating shot that appeared to veer off the green but found a sweet spot and rolled towards the hole, almost making it a second eagle in a row.

Lawrence is vying for his second win at the Joburg Open to join Charl Schwartzel and Richard Sterne as double-title holders.

However, Schwartzel, who won the Joburg Open in 2010 and 2011 – and the Masters in 2011 – failed to make the cut with a score of three over par 73 on Friday and two under par 68 on Thursday.

It was also not a good week for SA Open 2016 winner Brandon Stone who was also sent packing on Friday with an overall week score of seven over par.

Dean Burmester, who also matched the lowest-course record score of eight under 62, enters the weekend tied at No 3 with Jacques Kruyswijk.

Defending champion, England’s Dan Bradbury and 2020 SA Open winner Christiaan Bezuidenhout are sharing position eight with seven others including Dylan Frittelli.

South Africa is dominating the prime spots on the leaderboard going into the weekend.

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