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Fisher moves ahead by 1 at Tshwane Open
Centurion, South Africa (SportsNetwork.com) - Ross Fisher fired a 7-under 65 on Friday to claim a 1-stroke lead at the Tshwane Open.
Fisher finished 36 holes at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate at 13-under-par 131. He is seeking his fifth career win on the European Tour, but first since the 2010 3 Irish Open.
"I haven't won for a few years, even though I've played well. I've had chances and the putter has let me down for a number of tournaments and for quite some time now," said Fisher. "To see the ball going in yesterday and holing some nice putts today gives me a lot of confidence and it all bodes well for a good weekend."
Morten Orum Madsen also shot a 65 to move into second place at 12-under, while first-round co-leader Simon Dyson (68) and Carlos Del Moral (65) shared third at 11-under 133.
Trevor Fisher, Jr. (69), who also held a share of the first-round lead, Darren Fichardt (68), Jake Roos (65) and Michael Hoey (65) were tied for fifth at 10- under.
Fisher opened his day with a birdie at the first to move to 7-under and parred his next eight holes to remain there.
He then reeled off a sizzling back nine to race into the lead.
He started the run with a birdie at the 10th, and later added another gain at the 13th to reach 9-under.
After parring the 14th, the Englishman eagled the 15th from 40 feet before rolling in back-to-back birdies at the 16th and 17th to claim the outright lead at 13-under. He parred the last to remain there.
Madsen had claimed the clubhouse lead earlier in the day after also posting his bogey-free 65.
Madsen started on the back nine and quickly moved to 7-under with consecutive birdies at the 10th and 11th.
He added another pair of gains at the 13th and 14th before converting his fifth birdie of the day at the par-3 17th to make the turn at 10-under.
He would later convert another set of birdies at the sixth and seventh to reach 12-under before he parred his final two holes.
"I got off to a great start this morning," said Madsen. "Whoever deals with the bad holes and bad shots the best is probably also the guy who's going to be on top come Sunday. I stayed patient in the beginning of my back nine and made a couple of birdies on six and seven, and then I saved a nice par on nine, so it was a nice way to finish."
Dyson countered two bogeys with six birdies to finish two off the pace, while Del Moral posted seven birdies during his second bogey-free round.
NOTES: The first round was completed Friday morning after being suspended on Thursday due to dangerous weather ... Madsen won the South African Open Championship in November ... The cut line fell at 3-under-par 141, with 68 players advancing to the weekend. Among those to miss the cut was defending champion Dawie Van Der Walt.
02/28 13:10:25 ET