Adilson keeps tabs on Zim lead

Adilson da Silva worked his way around Royal Harare Golf Club in 68 blows on Friday to remain within two shots of the lead at the halfway mark of the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open.

“It’s a good position to be in. On this course you’ve got to be careful with your driving, because you can easily end up on the wrong side of things. I have been driving it well, so for the last two days I’ve had a lot of chances for birdie,” said the third-placed Brazilian.

After 36 holes Da Silva was yet to make a bogey and totalled 10-under-par for the tournament, which gave him some confidence heading into the weekend.

“I have some sort of idea what to do around here, which helps a lot. I like coming back here and it’s always a special week on tour for me. This is a tournament that I’d really like to win,” he said.

Leading the way was defending champion Jbe’ Kruger, who carded 68 for day two and set the midway mark at 12-under-par. The three-time Sunshine Tour winner attributed his score to good course management and putting.

“I probably played the shots better today, I just had five putts more. Today wasn’t as smooth as yesterday, but you have to concentrate and try to pull off every shot as best as you can,” he said.

Dean Burmester wrapped up his second round with a 15 foot putt for birdie and made the clubhouse on 11-under. The in-form 25-year-old finished up day two in second place.

“It was nice to finish off with a good roll. It feels like the hard work is paying off, and it’s about time. It’s a really nice time of the year to play well and hopefully we can keep it up for the next two days,” he said. –

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