Paisley and Saddier hold big lead at South African Open

Paisley and Saddier hold big lead at South African Open

Paisley and Saddier hold big lead at South African Open

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. They share the fourth spot at 8 under along with two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent.

Saddier, a 25-year-old whose only professional success came in the second-tier European Challenge circuit two years ago, scored an eagle and seven birdies to roar into contention.

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.

Brett Rumford was the only Australian to make the cut after a second consecutive 1-under 71, Jason Scrivener struggling in his first event of 2018 with a second round 76 that included two double bogeys. "Obviously, I have never been in this position before, so tomorrow, I'm just going to go and play and do my best".

He made seven birdies and a bogey through 16 holes. "Having the record is quite cool".

"At the moment it is weird - I feel like I did not play fantastic golf. I'm excited for the weekend but there's still 36 holes to play and we try to stay focused on the last two rounds". Defending champion Graeme Storm missed the cut by a shot, though, thanks mainly to his opening-round 75.

After four front-nine birdies, he picked up three more during the inward trek but also bogeyed a couple of holes. It could have been even better if not for a bogey on No. 13 and a double bogey on the last.

Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel needed two late birdies to salvage a 70 which leaves him eight strokes behind the leaders, while tournament host Ernie Els was also two under for the day but 10 shots back at the halfway stage.