Bekker leads by three in S African Open

AAPReuters
Oliver Bekker leads at halfway in the South African Open at Sun City's Gary Player Country Club.
Camera IconOliver Bekker leads at halfway in the South African Open at Sun City's Gary Player Country Club. Credit: EPA

Oliver Bekker has moved from joint overnight leader into a three-shot lead at the midway point of the South African Open after carding a second round 67 for a 12-under-par two-round total of 132.

Neil Schietekat, who was also on top of the leaderboard after the first round, now shares second place with Justin Harding on nine-under-par in a field of mostly local players.

The tournament was stripped of its status as a European Tour event last week with the discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and the subsequent travel ban on the region, which led to the mass withdrawal of foreign players.

The South African Open, hosted at Sun City this year, is among the oldest open golf championships, having first been played in 1903, and is the highlight of the Southern Africa-based Sunshine Tour.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails