Brandon Stone carded a brilliant seven under par 65 on Friday to come within two-shots of the lead heading into Saturday’s moving day at the Tour Championship.
Stone started the opening round on Thursday with a 69 but his putter did the talking on day two as he made a massive surge up the leaderboard to move within contention of the title at the halfway mark.
Starting on the 10th hole of the Serengeti Estate course, he made five birdies on his first nine holes, before concluding with an eagle on the par 5 8th hole to finish on 10 under par for the competition.
‘I probably had more one-putts in this round of golf than the entire season combined,” said Stone after his round. “But any time you shoot a 65 you can’t really complain or moan about anything. I played solid golf, read the lines nicely and rolled the ball a little better.
‘They found the hole today because it seemed they had been afraid of the dark for the last couple of months, so it was nice to see those putts disappear,’ said Stone at the end of his round.
He will start the third round two-strokes behind Ockie Strydom, who went even lower with a round of 63 on Friday.
Strydom managed six birdies on the back nine to add to his birdie and eagle on the first nine to shoot 9 under par for the round, which didn’t include a single bogey.
If he can continue with more rounds like that then he will be a tough man to beat but one can expect Stone to add the pressure on Saturday.