Marcus Fraser shot 69 at the Olympic golf course on Friday and continued to lead the medal chase at 10-under-par after two rounds.
‘I think whenever you play, you want to play your absolute best and give it everything. You want to finish as well as you possibly can. That will be no different on Sunday afternoon. Whether I’m well back in the pack or whether I’m fighting out for a medal, I’ll be giving it everything I possibly have and lying it all on the line,’ he said.
The Australian was one shot clear of Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and two ahead of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson at the midway point.
There was no cut this week, which helped Jaco van Zyl (46th) and Brandon Stone (51st) to remain in the competition. Both South Africans will be keen to revive their chances of a medal on Saturday, but it will take a very low round.
New Zealand’s Danny Lee shot 65 on Friday and the course is yielding birdies, but it takes pin-point iron play to achieve.
There were 11 players of different nations in tied-10th or better, but none of them were Americans. Team USA, despite having four entrants, has been unable to impress of the seaside layout this week.