16th September 2013 | Big Easy IGT Golf

A TAYLOR STILL LEADING AT IGT KEMPTON PARK

A TAYLOR STILL LEADING AT IGT KEMPTON PARK

(Photo – Louis Taylor; credit CJ du Plooy)Eddie Taylor

JOHANNESBURG, 16 September 2013 – Overnight leader Louis Taylor lost his grip on the leaderboard, but there is still a Taylor leading the IGT Tour Race to Q-School Kempton Park on Monday.

Quite poignantly, the Gauteng amateur was replaced at the 36-hole mark by his twin brother, Eddie, who doubled up on 68s to hit the front on eight-under-par 136.

While Eddie Taylor will take a two shot lead from professional Wayne Stroebel into the final round, his brother Louis will have to fight his way back into contention after coming home in 73 strokes in sole fourth and four off the pace.

Meanwhile Pieter Kruger surged within three strokes of the lead with a sizzling six-under-par 66 and shares third on 139 with Gauteng pro Rae Mackie, who carded a 67.

Taylor began the second round just one shot behind his twin, but the roles were reversed when brother Louis suffered two pairs of bogeys on the front nine. Taylor completed his outward look in 35, took control with birdies at the 10th, 12th 13th and 16th and set the clubhouse target at eight under.

Stroebel, three shots back at the start of the day, closed the gap on Taylor, but squandered his chances to join the leader with back-to-back bogeys at 14 and 15.

The day belonged to Kruger, though, who didn’t drop a shot as he collected three birdies over each loop at the Kempton Park layout. His blemish-free effort was a loud warning for Taylor.

“The key to low scoring at Kempton Park is to hit your irons perfectly into the greens,” said Taylor. “I’d say I managed to do that today, but the putts didn’t always fall. The greens are a little slow after the recent hollowtining, so they can get tricky.

“Pieter had the measure of the greens and he played the course to perfection. Wayne also had a great day on the greens and I think it’s going to be a great battle between us on Tuesday.”

Does Taylor think his brother has a change to come back?

“I would never discount Louis, never,” he said. “He had a struggle on the greens today, but if he gets the putter going, we will all have to watch our backs.

SECOND ROUND SCORES (Top 20 and ties)

All competitors RSA unless otherwise indicated; amateurs = AMA

136 – Eddie Taylor AMA 68 68

138 – Wayne Stroebel 70 68

139 – Pieter Kruger 73 66, Rae Mackie 72 67

140 – Louis Taylor AMA 67 73

141 – Justin Turner 72 69, Kyle Lee 71 70, Jacques de Villiers 68 73

142 – Jaco Prinsloo 75 67, Brendan de Lange 72 70, Ryan Clarke 71 71, Tyron McComb 70 72

143 – Sheldon Steyn ZIM 73 70, Coert Groenewald 77 66, Hano van der Walt 75 68, Jacques Prinsloo 72 71, Bonita Bredenhann NAM 69 74

144 – Andrew Light AMA 77 67, Ted Hendriks 78 66, Terence Boardman 75 69, Leon Knoll AMA 75 69, Alwyn Vorster 72 72, DK Kim KOR 72 72, Bryandrew Roelofsz 71 73, Carlos Arroyo AMA 71 73, Wade Hoffman AMA 71 73

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