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Connelly makes cut at BMW SA Open golf championship

Connelly makes cut at BMW SA Open golf championship

Grace won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in November, and surged into contention at the South African Open with a third-round 66, with seven birdies and just one bogey to go to 14 under.

The 31-year-old Englishman, seeking his first European Tour title, proved a master at reaching greens in regulation during the penultimate round at Glendower Golf Club. But then he found the form that saw him make three eagles in a stunning first round of 65.

The three-time Major victor even managed to make the quadruple bogey without taking a penalty stroke as he hacked his way up the left-side of the 454-yard par 4 before eventually signing for an eight which left him on level par for the tournament before a bounce-back birdie at the last and an eventful round of one-under, 69.

He made eight birdies and shot 69. "Having the record is quite cool".

"I think I played flawless except for the second shot to the first hole", Koepka said. He made another par on 12 and followed that up with yet another birdie on 13. "After a seven-week break, when I came out to practice on Tuesday morning and in the pro-am in the afternoon, I didn't really hit it great", he said."I was very rusty". But this is a golf course that I've traditionally done pretty well on, and a place that I really love. "I'm really proud with how I've played, I felt really calm and never really felt stressed".

With two rounds left, Paisley is hoping the trend of English champions in this championship works in his favour as well.

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Compatriot Graeme Storm won the tournament a year ago after a play-off with superstar Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, but failed by one shot to make the halfway cut Friday. "I made a par on two which feels like a bogey and made a bogey on five which was awful, too".

Young South African Jacques Kruyswijk is their nearest challenger on nine under par after a 67 and in what is his rookie season on the European Tour.

Spieth played well enough to be right there with Kirk except for a couple of long three-putt bogeys.

Of the five former Major winners in the field, South Africans Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel did best with 69s.

For Grace, who has won eight times in Europe and once in the U.S., it is just a matter of keeping the momentum from his Nedbank Golf Challenge win the last time he played in South Africa, in November.

Koepka, a brother of reigning US Open champion Brooks, also had to settle for a 71 over the 6,942-metre/7,594-yard layout 12 kilometres east of central Johannesburg.


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