A general view of the Glendower Golf Course, during the first round of the South African Open on Thursday. Photo: EPA/CHRISTIAAN KOTZE

JOHANNESBURG - Former Cape Town Open champion Jacques Kruyswijk of Centurion seized control of the 107th playing of the BMW Open at Glendower on Friday after shooting a 67 in his second round.

The 25-year-old followed up an opening round 68 to be at nine-under-par overall around lunchtime Friday, one in front of Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent and South Africa’s Branden Grace.

Vincent made seven birdies and a bogey in his second round 66 to be at eight-under-par, while joint first round leader Grace was able to only make a one-under-par 71 on Friday morning to be one off the pace.

After recording three eagles and three birdies, to go with two bogeys on Thursday, Grace managed just two birdies and a bogey on Friday.

Italian Renato Paratore made a big move early in the second round after shooting a five-under-par 67 that included five birdies and an eagle, while South African Rhys West was also on the move in his second round. He’d made seven birdies and a bogey through 16 holes.

Despite going round in 70 shots on Friday, Charl Schwartzel is still very much in the hunt at five-under-par overall, and so, too, Erik van Rooyen, who’s also at five-under after making only a level-par 72.

Joint first round leader Chase Koepka, of the USA, started with a bogey-five at his first hole of the day, the par-four 10th. He teed off at 12pm.

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