On a day that shook the world of golf with the official news of Jon Rahm's move to the Saudi Liv circuit, golfers on the DP World Tour continue to battle it out at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, boasting a prize purse of 1.5 million euros.
The event, which was born in 2000 and is organized in collaboration between the European Tour and Sunshine Tour, currently sees Casey Jarvis in the lead. The South African has taken the lead after two rounds thanks to a solid -5 round that propels him to the top with a total score of -10 (134 shots).
Casey Jarvis, results
Leading by one stroke is Englishman Marco Penge, who was among the day's best performers with a remarkable -6 round, elevating him by 20 positions overall. In third place are a quartet of players - Englishman Paul Waring and South Africans Charl Schwartzel, Robin Williams, and Christo Lamprecht - with a score of -8.
The latter, who has not yet turned professional, continues to impress his compatriots with his winning putts.
The top 10 finishers at the par 72 Leopard Creek Country Club in Malalane, South Africa, include Spanish golfer Nacho Elvira, Englishmen Andy Sullivan and Sam Bairstow, and South African Kyle Barker, who all scored -7 to secure seventh place.
The leaderboard remains tight with a mere six strokes separating 25 players. South Africans dominate the top 30 and are poised to play leading roles in the second half of the tournament. Lucas Oosthuizen also shows promise, rising to the 11th spot with a strong performance of -6, up from -4.
In regards to the Italian contingent, the number of golfers has been cut in half after Friday's round.
Four Italian players will participate in the final two rounds, with Renato Paratore standing out with an impressive score of -5, placing him in 18th position. Andrea Pavan follows close behind, trailing by only one stroke at 26th place with -3.
Despite struggling today, Edoardo Molinari managed to make the cut with a score of -1.
Matteo Manassero's performance was subpar as he ended the South African tournament with a disappointing +4, resulting in an 83rd place finish and an overall score of +2.
Lorenzo Scalise concluded the week in 76th place with a score of +1, while Guido Migliozzi and Filippo Celli landed in a tied 116th place with a score of +5. The third round tomorrow will widen the gap in the rankings, leaving room for an exciting finish.
A serious and professional approach to the result highlights the importance of precision and accuracy in the game of golf.