A rain delay meant almost half of the Saudi International field were unable to conclude their second round in what was another quiet day for the South African contingent in action.
New Zealand’s Ryan Fox made a surprise move up the leaderboard by shooting a five-under-par 65 before the weather came in.
Fox surged to the summit of the field on ten under par, where he is placed alongside Stephen Gallacher, who started the day in second spot.
Andy Sullivan, Bernd Wiesberger, Marcus Kinhult and Dustin Johnson are on eight under par, although the Swede and the world No 1 are yet to complete their respective second rounds.
It was another up and down day for the South Africans in the field. George Coetzee enjoyed an even par day to remain on four under par, while Christiaan Bezuidenhout signed off for a one-under 69. He will start moving day on three under, alongside Justin Walters, who still has five holes to play.
Wilco Nienaber and Justin Harding are sat on two under par for the event, while Compleat Golfer’s playing editor Brandon Stone is one shot back, also with five holes remaining before the third round commences.
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With the projected cut currently on even par, Jayden Schaper (+8), Ernie Els (+5), Zander Lombard (+3) and Garrick Higgo (+2) are all but out of the competition.
Richard Sterne and Haydn Porteous find themselves on one over par with six and seven holes left to play respectively, while Dean Burmester finished the day on even par.
Play will resume earlier on Saturday morning to conclude the second round.