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Chris Paisley and Adrien Saddier stretch lead over chasing pack to four shots after second round of South African Open in Johannesburg

  • Englishman Chris Paisley hit 7-under 65 to move up leaderboard from second 
  • Adrien Saddier of France equalled Glendower course record with round of 63 
  • Neither man has claimed a victory on European tour before in their careers 

Chris Paisley and Adrien Saddier opened up a big lead after two rounds of the South African Open on Friday as they moved to 13 under par and four shots clear of their nearest challengers.

England's Paisley hit a 7-under 65 to move up from second overnight. 

France's Saddier had the round of the day at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg, a blistering, equalling the course record 63 with an eagle, seven birdies and no bogeys.

Chris Paisley is chasing his maiden European tour win and leads after two rounds

Chris Paisley is chasing his maiden European tour win and leads after two rounds

Paisley's caddie and wife Keri helped guide him round for a brilliant 65 in Johannesburg

Paisley's caddie and wife Keri helped guide him round for a brilliant 65 in Johannesburg

Both Paisley and Saddier are seeking a maiden European Tour title.

Home player Jacques Kruyswijk is alone in second on 9 under, with a group of four players another shot behind him on 8 under and in a tie for fourth.

That group contains overnight leaders Branden Grace and Chase Koepka, Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent, and Retief Goosen, the two-time US Open champion who hasn't won a professional tournament since 2009.

Adrien Saddier equalled the course record in a superb round of 63 in South Africa

Adrien Saddier equalled the course record in a superb round of 63 in South Africa

The 48-year-old Goosen began this week with a promising 69 and then carded six birdies and an eagle for his 5-under 67 in the second round. 

It could have been even better if not for a bogey on No 13 and a double bogey on the last.

Ernie Els, a five-time winner of the South African Open, made the cut after a 70 moved him to 3 under. 

Defending champion Graeme Storm missed the cut by a shot, though, thanks mainly to his opening-round 75.

France's Saddier had the round of the day at Glendower Golf Club with no bogeys

France's Saddier had the round of the day at Glendower Golf Club with no bogeys

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