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Ruan Korb © CJ du Plooy

Korb cruises to two-shot lead in IGT Irene



Joint overnight leader Ruan Korb maintained his position at the top of the leaderboard with another solid showing in the sixth IGT Challenge Tour event on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Pretoria rookie produced an opening seven-under 65 to share pole position with Thriston Lawrence and took a two shot lead into the second round at Irene Country Club.

A three-under 69 moved Korb to 10-under 134 and he heads into the final round two shots clear of rest of the field.

Starting at the tenth, the Silver Lakes golfer produced a trio of pars and a birdie at 12 to move further ahead of the chasing pack. He offset a bogey at 14 with a birdie at 18 and added a further gain at the par four first.

“I hit 8-iron into the short hole and made the three-footer for birdie,” said Korb. “I hit a good 2-iron down the 14th fairway and went with a lazy 9-iron for my second, because it was still bitterly cold. But I struck it a bit fat and it came up short. I chipped it up and missed the seven-footer for par.

“After a good drive down 18 just short of the green, I recovered with a great chip to five foot and I made the birdie putt. And followed with another birdie at the first to keep the momentum going.”

His round hit a speedbump at the third, but Korb rallied with birdie No 4 at six and finished in fine style with an eagle at the par five ninth.

“I pushed my driver left at three and it disappeared into the long grass,” he explained.

“We searched for the five minutes, I declared a lost ball, reloaded and hit it left again. This time I found the ball and chopped out, straight into the right greenside bunker. My trap shot lipped out and I had to tap in for six.

“After the double, I made two good pars. I hit a great drive down six and finished just short of greenside bunker. But I hit a very poor chip. I had a 25-footer left for birdie, but it dropped. That really gave me a lift. When I got to nine, I told myself I needed to birdie at least one par five.

“I smoked my tee shot and had 185 metres left to the flag. I hit 8-iron in and holed the 25 foot putt for eagle. It was great to finish like that with an eagle to take the sting out of the double.”

Korb went wire-to-wire in the Ebotse Challenge in September last year.

That winning form has kept him in regular contention this season. He holds the No 2 spot in the 2018/2019 IGT Challenge Tour Money List and ranks second in the Road to the Sunshine Tour on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour and he is confident that he can continue to lead from the front.

“I played pretty solid despite the double,” said Korb.

“I only birdied one par five, but everything in my game was working well. The wind blew a lot stronger and it was trickier out there. It definitely affected the scoring. After the first two days I am feeling confident. I just need to stay focused on my game and trust myself as I have done really well so far.”

Fellow Pretoria golfer Paul Boshoff returned a 67 to slip into second on eight-under.

Last year’s IGT Challenge Tour Money List winner Ruan Conradie also made a major move. The Sunshine Tour rookie shot a six-under 66 for the low round of the day and joined the five-way tie for fifth on six-under with Lawrence, Dylan Kok, Gary Player School of 2018 member Irvin Mazibuko and amateur Liam Labuschagne.

SECOND-ROUND SCORES

All competitors RSA unless otherwise specified; amateurs indicated as AMA

134 - Ruan Korb 65 69

136 - Paul Boshoff 69 67

138 - Ruan Conradie 72 66, Irvin Mazibuko 68 70, Liam Labuschagne AMA 68 70, Dylan Kok 67 71, Thriston Lawrence 65 73

139 - Keegan Mclachlan AMA 69 70

140 - Caylum Boon AMA 68 72, Gerhard Pepler AMA 69 71, Derick Petersen 68 72

141 - Cameron Moralee 73 68, Allister de Kock 69 72

142 - Karabo Mokoena AMA 70 72, Musiwalo Nethunzwi 71 71, Michiel Bothma 72 70, Otto van Buynder AMA 70 72, Tokkie van den Berg 69 73, CJ Levey 73 69, Mandla Dlamini AMA 74 68, Ruan Groenewald 69 73, Arno Pretorius 73 69, Marco de Beer 74 68, Clinton Grobler 71 71, Armand van Dyk AMA 67 75

143 - Breyten Meyer 71 72, Dwayne Basson 68 75, Peetie van der Merwe 72 71, Thabang Simon 71 72, Chase Paton AMA 71 72, Ivanna Samu 71 72, Jacquin Hess 70 73, Christopher van der Merwe AMA 71 72, Luke Brown 68 75

144 - Jason Smith 70 74, Makhetha Mazibuko 74 70, Conway Kunneke 72 72, Jason Diab 72 72, Divan Marais 70 74, Samual Mc Kenzie AMA 75 69

145 - Willie Olivier AMA 75 70, Stals Swart AMA 69 76, Teboho Sefatsa 68 77, Rupert Kaminski AMA 74 71, Stefan Wears-Taylor 70 75, Keelan Africa 75 70, Keanu Pestana AMA 71 74, Franklin Manchest 70 75

146 - Tyron Taylor AMA 72 74, Richard Maree 71 75, Omar Sandys 73 73, Hendrikus Stoop 77 69, Stuart Smith (BOT) 75 71, Gary Daoust (BEL) 76 70, Blain Sansom 75 71

Missed the cut

147 - Jason Roets 74 73, Leon Visser 71 76, Heinrich Bruiners 74 73, Leon Vorster 73 74, Aneurin Gounden AMA 71 76, Michael Kok 72 75, Leon van der Walt AMA 74 73, Jaco van der Merwe AMA 71 76, Gianni Pera AMA 75 72, Lejan Lewthwaite 74 73, Jay Fourie 73 74

148 - Chandler Shaw AMA 76 72, Nicholas Souranis AMA 74 74, Paul Rodrigues AMA 75 73

149 - Dean du Plessis AMA 73 76, Andrew Carlsson 76 73, Matthew Rossouw AMA 71 78, Thabiso Ngcobo 79 70

150 - Francois Blaauw AMA 79 71, Ivan Mare AMA 74 76, Karl Lehmacher AMA 75 75, Joshua Smedema AMA 69 81, Quintin Crause 74 76

151 - Hanko Bothma 77 74, Marnus Barnard AMA 74 77, JP Cooper AMA 71 80, August Pienaar AMA 75 76, Jan-Louis Nel AMA 75 76, Jabulane Mabilane 79 72, Stephan Erasmus 79 72

152 - Matthew Hands AMA 74 78, Andrew Plint AMA 75 77, Landon Ferguson AMA 75 77, Neal Herman 75 77, Scott Chambers 77 75

153 - Henning Stander AMA 81 72, Gilson Filho (BRA) 74 79

154 - Eric Wower AMA 77 77, Reece McKain AMA 77 77

155 - Maverick Faber AMA (FRA) 75 80, WM Coetzee AMA 77 78, Neville Mitchell AMA 79 76

156 - Sipho Bujela 78 78, Gareth Sargent AMA 83 73, Terry Smith 80 76, Adam Baker 79 77, Christiaan Pretorius 81 75, Henning du Plooy AMA 82 74

157 - Patric Dowling AMA 77 80, Nicholaus Frade AMA 79 78, Jesse Jacobs AMA 76 81, David Rebelo 75 82, Marcus Smal AMA 71 86

158 - Morne van den Waltsleben AMA 78 80, Zabastian de Jager 77 81, Divan de Villiers 77 81

159 - Michael van Rooyen 73 86

160 - Dominique Jacobs 79 81, Jonathan George AMA 80 80

161 - Fezekile Kana 82 79

162 - Shaydon Johnson AMA 81 81, Christopher de Beer 82 80

163 - Leslie Grandet (MDG) 83 80

164 - Alwyn Smith 85 79, Christiaan Greyling 85 79, Vickus Fleischman AMA 81 83, Bryce Webel AMA 84 80

165 - Cameron Borcher AMA 85 80

166 - Matthew Kiewitz AMA 79 87

168 - Guillaume Bernier AMA (FRA) 81 87

172 - Donald Makhafola AMA 79 93

173 - Jabu Radebe 85 88

183 - Andre de Jager AMA 88 95

WDN - Dylan Morton AMA 96 WDN, Edwin Stafford AMA 76 WDN

N/R - Terence Archibald AMA 80 N/R



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