Graeme Storm torched Glendower GC for a bogey-free 9-under-par 32-31=63, equalling the course record and posting a two-shot clubhouse lead through 36 holes of the South African Open. UPDATE: Play was suspended at 16:50 local time due to thunder and lightning. Round 2 will resume at 07:15 on Saturday morning.
After taking just 24 putts in an opening 69, Storm's blade stayed hot as he set the target of 12-under 132, Right now, that's two clear of local stars Jbe Kruger and Trevor Fisher, Jr. along with American Peter Uihlein. The Englishman, who looked to have lost his tour card last year but was given a reprieve after Patrick Reed didn't play in enough events, set the tone with three opening birdies from the 10th. After a quiet spell of five pars, Storm then hit the gas again. Draining a monster putt at 18 was the catalyst and he scribbled further circles at 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8. Today's 63 was just one off his career low score of 62. That also came in South Africa at the nearby Joburg Open. "To shoot 63 and only having birdied one of the par fives around here, you know, I've played pretty well," he said. "I tip Rory to win this week because he hits it miles and he hits it straight. If I keep on his tail, I'll be happy."