In Summary
  • South African holds four-shot lead over Englishman Singh Brar as 79 players qualify for next round

South African player Louis Jager final jumped onto the top of the leaderboard on his own after an impressive round of five under par 66 as the Magical Kenya Open entered the half-way stage at the par 71 Karen Country Club course.

Jager, who shared the first round lead with England’s Jack Singh Brar, dropped a shot at the first hole and later at the fifth, although he quickly returned to the game with birdies on the third, sixth and ninth hole.

The back nine was even better for Jager as he rolled in four birdies on the 10th, 11th, 13th and at the 18th for his 66 for 12 under par 130, to claim a four-shot lead from England’s Jack Singh Brar who shot one under par 70 for 134.

"I started off birdie-birdie and it got me in the right mindset for the round. I kept it going, kept it on the fairways, kept hitting the greens and made a few putts. I told the guys when we played a practice round on Tuesday that after the desert, you could feel you were in Africa, back in our continent," said Jager.

“You get used to the feel of the Kikuyu grass and the ball travels the same as back home in Pretoria, distance-wise, so it really feels like we're back home."

Jager said he found his footing a bit late at the start of the season but that he is feeling comfortable. "My game plan is not too aggressive. The most important thing is hitting the fairways and hitting the greens because the greens are quite small. If you hit the greens, you always get a good chance for a birdie." Some 79 players made the cut.

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