South Africa’s MJ Daffue continued his good start at the Sanderson Farms Championship by carding a three-under-par 69 for the second round on Friday.
Daffue rolled in five birdies but dropped two shots along the way as he finished the day on 10 under par and in fourth spot for the week.
But, the 31-year-old admits it wasn’t all plain sailing at the Country Club of Jackson as he forced his way out of tricky situations throughout his round.
‘It was a strange day. Every time I hit the fairway I had a massive mud ball, and every time I didn’t hit the fairway I was out of position. Three under par, you know, I felt like I hit the ball in good positions and had some good putts, so yeah, I’m happy with how I’m playing. Obviously I wish I was a little bit better, but it was a solid day,’ Daffue said at the close of play.
While also admitting that a victory would be quite a game changer in his career, Daffue isn’t getting ahead of himself after the two solid rounds.
‘Trying to do everything at once, get all those points at once or trying to win, it will really eat at you. So I’m just trying to chip away at it. I’m in a good position, and try to get to a target score for the week and just keep hitting the shots and try to hit good putts.
‘But winning, obviously, life changing. It would be great for my family, and I just wish this Covid thing would go away so my parents could come visit. We have a six-week-old boy and they haven’t seen him,’ he added.
Daffue will, however, go into moving day three shots behind leader Keegan Bradley, who stormed to the summit of the leaderboard thanks to a second-round 65 on Friday.
JT Poston and Charley Hoffman are in T2 on 11 under par with Denny McCarthy and Kristoffer Ventura one shot behind Daffue on nine under.
Fellow South African Charl Schwartzel went one over for his round, finishing the day on three under par for the event, while Dylan Frittelli and Branden Grace failed to make the cut.