Bezuidenhout on Burns’ track


South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout is hot on the heels of the leader, Sam Burns of the USA, after the second round of the American Express golf tournament played at the La Quinta Country Club in Palm Springs.

Bezuidenhout scored 67 shots in the second round and after his 63 shots in the first round, he is on 130 shots (-14) just three shots behind Burns in joint fifth place in this tournament in the American PGA Series.

Burns (USA) shot scores of 66 and 61 in the first two rounds and is two shots ahead of American Michael Kim, with Nick Dunlap (USA) and Lee Kyoung-hoon (South Korea) on 127 shots (-17) ) together third on 129 (-15).

The two other South Africans, Erik van Rooyen (133, -11) and Garrick Higgo (138, -6), are also in the race.

* In the US LPGA Series (women), New Zealander Lydia Ko and Ayaka Furue (Japan) took the lead after the second round of the Tournament of Champions, which is decided at Lake Nona in Florida.

Ko and Furue finished on a combined 136 (-8) and are two strokes ahead of Portugal’s Gaby Lopez and Gemma Dryburgh (Scotland) who both finished on 138 (-6).

They are followed in fifth place by Alexa Pano (America) and Brooke Henderson (Canada), who are both at 139 (-5), with the Americans Ally Ewing, Nelly Korda, Rose Zhang and Cheyenne Knight as well as Nasa Hataoka (Japan) and Charley Hull (England) who are all together on 140 (-4).

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai is 15th on 142 strokes after recording scores of 69 and 73 strokes.

* On Dubai’s Emirates course, American Cameron Young (131, -13) is three strokes ahead of Adrian Meronk (Poland) and Andy Sullivan (England), who both finished on 134 (-10) in the Dubai Desert Classic which is part of the DP World Tour.

They are followed by the Hojgaard brothers from Denmark, Rasmus and Nicolai (both 137, -7), as well as Richie Ramsay (Scotland).

South Africa’s Zander Lombard and Louis de Jager are both firmly on track at 138 (-6), with Hennie du Plessis (139), MJ Daffue (142), Dylan Frittelli, Casey Jarvis and Jayden Schaper (all at 144) further back back.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is at 141 (-3).