George(South Africa): SSP Chowrasia turned in a much-better performance of two-under 71 on the par-73 Links at Fancourt, but only improved by one spot to tied 27th after the second round of the Volvo Golf Champions here.
Chowrasia had shot 75 on the first day and his now even par 146 for two days and tied with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
Meanwhile, leader Nicolas Colsaerts went from four ahead to way behind as he had five bogeys in first 12 holes. He was three-over for 17 holes and had one more hole to play as he made up with three birdies 13th, 16th and 17th.
Home players Branden Grace and Thomas Aiken took over at the top.
Grace, who won the Joburg Open on Sunday to qualify, was seven-under through 17 holes and his total was 12-under, three clear of Aiken.
Open de Espa’a champion Aiken covered the front nine in 32, eight better than Colsaerts, to reach nine under, while Lee Slattery shot a eight-under 65 to get to eight-under 138. He had a first round 73.
What made Slattery`s day even better was that playing partner Goosen had shot 68 and their English amateur Mark Vandenberghe had also helped the two pros to win cars worth Rs. 25,000.
First Published: Friday, January 20, 2012, 21:59