Nikhil Rama takes command of Joburg Open

The DP World Tour golfers are battling it out in one of the two weekly events that marks the official start of the 2024 season.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Nikhil Rama takes command of Joburg Open
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The DP World Tour golfers are battling it out in one of the two weekly events that marks the official start of the 2024 season. We have reached the end of the second round of the Joburg Open, with a purse of 20.5 million rand.

This event was established in 2007 and is co-organized by the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour.

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After the first 36 holes, the home players are dominating. Nikhil Rama leads the leaderboard with a score of -13 (127 strokes), thanks to a bogey-free round of -8, which was highlighted by an eagle on the third hole.

He has a one-stroke lead over compatriot Thriston Lawrence, and three over fellow South Africans Dean Burmester and Jaques Kruyswijk. Another South African, Zander Lombard, is in sixth place with a score of -9, followed respectively by Jaco Prinsloo and Darren Fichardt, who are one and two strokes behind their compatriot.

The tournament has a serious and professional tone, and no exclamation marks are used to address the reader.

On the par-70 course at Johannesburg's Houghton Golf Club, the domination of the home players is partially interrupted by those who round out the top ten in eighth position.

With a score of -5, we find American Chase Hanna, Englishmen Dan Bradbury and Ross Fisher, Spaniard Manuel Elvira, Finnish golfer Tapio Pulkkanen, and South Africans Dylan Frittelli, Dean Germishuys, and Dylan Mostert.

Unfortunately, we must scroll down the leaderboard to find the first of the Italians.

In 44th place with a score of -1, we find Francesco Laporta, who easily made the cut thanks to a good round of -2. Meanwhile, Matteo Manassero continues to play consistently, shooting 70 for the second round in a row and opening his new return to the top circuit by surpassing the cut in 59th place.

Unfortunately, nothing could be done for Andrea Pavan and Renato Paratore (73rd place with +1), and Lorenzo Scalise (98th place with +3). The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played.

They are jointly written and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association. An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years.

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