Both Paisley and Saddier are seeking a maiden European Tour title

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Little known golfers Chris Paisley of England and Frenchman Adrien Saddier have opened a four shot gap at the top of the leaderboard heading to the weekend at the South African Open.

That group contains overnight leaders Branden Grace and Chase Koepka, Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent, and Retief Goosen, the two-time U.S. Open champion who hasn't won a professional tournament since 2009.

Both Saddier and Paisley are seeking their first wins on the European Tour and hold a four-shot lead over South African Jacques Kruyswijk (67), who is alone in third on nine under-par. "I certainly hope that I can keep that trend going", he said. "I have never been in this position before so I am just going to go and do my best".

He made seven birdies and a bogey through 16 holes.

"I didn't know, I have a joint course record but it's quite cool".

"At the moment it's weird, I feel like I didn't play incredible".

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"I am excited for the weekend but there is still 36 holes to play and I must try to stay focused during the last two rounds".

After four front-nine birdies, he picked up three more during the inward trek but also bogeyed a couple of holes.

Today's round will give the local a good challenge as he will play in the same ball with players in the top five and as the second last ball, where support and pressure from spectators will come hard on him.

The Englishman was unable to save par, but he repaired the damage with back-to-back birdies before nailing a pair of 15-foot putts for further gains on each of the final two greens to go one lower than his opening round.

Italian Renato Paratore made a big move early in the second round after shooting a five-under-par 67 that included five birdies and an eagle, while South African Rhys West was also on the move in his second round.

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