Jaco Van Zyl swinging a golf club

After barely making it onto the first tee-box on day one as a late replacement for England’s Anthony Wall, South African Darren Fichardt is still making the best of his opportunity to compete in ‘Africa’s Major’ after the second round.

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On a very blustery, weather-affected day in which scoring would prove to be extremely difficult, only 12 players broke par.

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (70) opened up a fragile two stroke lead over Fichardt (69) and two-time champion Lee Westwood (70).

The bearded Frenchman, third last year in the NGC, was on seven under par with three to play when his march was rudely interrupted for just short of two and a half hours due to lightning, while Fichardt had the luxury of relaxing, having made it into the clubhouse before the siren went.

“Yeah yeah, the driver of course here is the key if you want to play well. And yeah, today I didn’t miss many fairways -- maybe one or two -- and I played very solidly in the wind,” said Dubuisson, who has his sights firmly set on gate crashing the Dubai party.

Four players are lurking dangerously on three-under-par – the in-form Englishman Tyrell Hatton, his compatriot Ross Fisher, Scott Jamieson (Scotland) and defending champion Alex Noren.

Overnight leader Bernd Wiesberger had a disastrous day and slumped to a share of 17th place on level par with a 5 over-par 77…

Other SA Players (Round and overall): Charl Schwartzel 73 (-2), Branden Grace 75 (-1), Louis Oosthuizen 73 (Level Par), Richard Sterne 72 (+2), Haydn Porteous 73 (+2), Richard Sterne 72 (+2), George Coetzee 71 (+4), Dean Burmester 72 (+5), Dylan Frittelli 75 (+6), Brandon Stone 79 (+11).

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By Trevor Crame

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