World golf: Higgo lets the SA flag fly


It was a dull Friday for South Africa’s golfers, although Garrick Higgo flexed his muscles.

After the second round of the American PGA Series’ John Deere Classic tournament played at TPC Deer Run in Illinois, Higgo is only two shots behind the American leader, Cameron Young (129, -13) on 131 shots (-11) ).

Higgo, who recorded scores of 65 and 66 in the first two rounds in this tournament with his astronomical prize money of R139 million, is second together with the Americans Brendon Todd and Adam Schenk (all 131, -11).

They are followed on 132 shots (-10) by the Americans Kevin Roy, Denny McCarthy and William Mouw and the Swede Ludvig Aaberg.

South Africa’s MF Daffue is on 136 (-6) in joint 29th position after two rounds of 68.

* In the US Open for women played at Pebble Beach in California, Ashleigh Buhai (151) is 58th and Paula Reto (155) 111th after the second round of this Major tournament.

The American Bailey Tardy is at 137 (-7) with two shots ahead of her compatriot Allisen Corpuz and Hyo-Joo Kim (Korea) who both finished at 139 (-5).

Hae-Ran Ryu (Korea) is fourth at 141 (-3) with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and Leona Maguire of Ireland joint fifth at 143 (-1).

* In the European DP World Tour’s Made in Himmerland tournament played in Denmark, Spain’s Ignacio Elvira is two shots ahead of Scotsman Robert MacIntyre (132, -) on 131 shots (-9) after his scores of 69 and 62 8).

Ross Fisher of England (133, -7) is third, followed by Marc Warren and Richie Ramsay (both also from Scotland) together fourth at 134 (-6).

Darren Fichardt (138, -2) performed the best of the pack of South Africans and is joint 13th.

He is followed by Justin Walters (139, -1), Daniel van Tonder and Hennie du Plessis (both 140) and Bryce Easton, Thomas Aiken and Louis de Jager (all 141), who also qualified for the last two rounds.

* In the Liv tournament played at the Centurion Club outside London, Branden Grace (-3) is five strokes behind Australian Cameron Smith, who finished the first round in -8.

Smith is followed by his compatriot Marc Leishman (-7), with Belgian Thomas Pieters third on -5.

Louis Oosthuizen and Dean Burmester (both -1) are within striking distance, with Charl Schwartzel (equal figure) having fallen back a little.

In the team division, the Ripper team (-13) lead the way, followed by the RangeGoats (-10) and Majesticks (-8)

The South Africans’ Stinger team is fifth at -5.