Max Homa moved into a share of the half-way lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge
Homa moves into share of the lead in Sun City
Max Homa posted his second bogey-free round of the week to retain a share of the lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge as he was joined at the top by in-form Matthieu Pavon in Sun City.
The American Ryder Cup star added a four-under 68 to his opening 66 to reach ten under at Gary Player Country Club, sharing the 36-hole advantage with Spanish Open winner Pavon, who carded an impressive 66.
Homa made the turn at one under after seeing several birdie putts slide by the hole, but they began to drop more frequently on the back nine as he navigated the tough Sun City layout without dropping a shot to put the finishing touches on a fine 68 in scorching South African conditions.
Pavon, who won his maiden DP World Tour title in Madrid last month, continued his excellent recent form as he surged into contention in ‘Africa’s Major’. The 30-year-old Frenchman sandwiched that win with top tens at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the Estrella Damm Andalucia Masters and is now eyeing a strong weekend in Sun City as he looks to make his mark on the Race to Dubai and move into the conversation for one of the ten PGA TOUR cards on offer to players not otherwise exempt.
England’s Dan Bradbury is third after 36 holes in the penultimate event of the season, bogeying the last to drop out of a share for the lead and sit on nine under par. Danish duo Thorbjørn Olesen and Nicolai Højgaard share fourth on eight under, while Scotland’s Richie Ramsay is joined by leading South African Hennie du Plessis in a tie for sixth on seven under.
The group of seven players a shot further back include defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, who posted a five under 67, while two-time Major winner Justin Thomas surged up the leaderboard with a bogey-free six under 66.