The South African enjoys a commanding four-shot lead after 36 holes of the $1.2 million Magical Kenya Open at Karen Nation Membership in Kenyan capital Nairobi. A second-round, 5-under-par 66 moved him to 12-under.
Joint first-round chief Jack Singh Brar shares second place on 8-under with Spain’s Adri Arnaus after a 1-under 70.
De Jager had seven birdies on his card and will have been additional forward if not for 2 dropped pictures in 4 holes from the primary. The 31-year-old has 5 wins on his dwelling Sunshine Tour in South Africa, together with this yr’s Eye of Africa PGA Championship. No surprise he’s having fun with the European Tour’s foray into his dwelling continent.
“”I advised the blokes after we performed a observe spherical on Tuesday, after the desert, you might really feel you have been in Africa, again in our continent,” de Jager stated. “You get used to the texture of the Kikuyu grass, and the ball travels the identical as again dwelling in Pretoria, distance sensible, so it actually seems like we’re again dwelling.
“My sport plan over the weekend is to not be too aggressive. A very powerful factor is hitting the fairways and hitting the greens as a result of the greens are fairly small. When you hit the greens you’ve all the time obtained a great birdie likelihood right here.”
Singh Brar can be nearer to the highest of the leaderboard if he may have saved his sport just a bit bit tighter.
“It was a little bit of an up and down spherical immediately, a little bit of a combined bag,” the Englishman stated. “I had a few good alternatives early doorways after which missed a great birdie likelihood on 9 which stunted my motion a bit bit, then I used to be a bit scruffy on the again 9.
“I’m nonetheless in a great place, and I’m trying ahead to the weekend.”
The person de Jager and Singh Brar would possibly have to concern most is final week’s Business Financial institution Qatar Masters winner– Justin Harding. The World No. 52 is simply 5 pictures off the lead in a tie for fourth place at 7-under.
“I used to be a bit bit extra aggressive immediately as you must get it in shut right here as it may be awkward in locations,” the South African stated.
“It’s important to choose and select your moments right here and I did that nicely on the market. I’ve been attempting to make much less errors not too long ago and I went over the inexperienced simply as soon as immediately – that wasn’t the case yesterday – so I’m actually pleased with my efficiency.”
Harding is averaging 66.5 on Sundays throughout this season’s European Tour, so he is perhaps the person to beat over the weekend.