German professional Max Schmitt made a move to the top of the leaderboard with the day’s best round of six under par 65, to lead the surviving 73 players to the last two rounds of this year’s Barclays Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club on Friday.
The 19-year-old overnight leader said he was very happy with his round though he felt bad dropping a shot at the par five-10th which, he considered an easy hole. He started the day by picking up birdies on the fourth and seventh, then birdied the 11th and 12th and 14th and 15th with the last one coming at the 17th, to lead with a two rounds total of 10 under par 132.
“I am excited about the next two days, my start could not got better than it has been’’ said Schmitt who his making his first Challenge Tour appearance.
He leads Norway’s Johannessen Kristian by two shots. The Norwegian carded his second 67 for 134. His round had a total of four birdies and an eagle with two bogeys.
Also charging to the top with intention of his second victory in the Barclays Kenya Open, was 2016 winner Sebastian Soderberg who, like the leader, fired a perfect six under par 65 which has remained the best score so far in the tournament, for a two rounds total of 135. He ties in third place with another Swedish player Simon Forsstrom who posted two under par 69 for seven under par 135. The two were a shot better than day one leader Max Orrin of England, Anton Karlsson of Sweden , Italian Lorenzo Gagli and South Africa’s Justin Walters.
This will however go down in the history of the open as the worse for the locals who only two Mohit Mediratta of Sigona and Windsor’s Riz Charania making it to the last two rounds of the Open. Mediratta finished one under par 70 to register three under par after 36 holes. Charania, on the other hand, fired his second level par 71 to remain in the tournament for the next two days. The two Kenyans have already bagged for themselves Sh100,000 each from Kenya Open Golf Limited in addittion to being in the money bracket. A total of 22 Kenyan pros and four amateurs had entered the tournament