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Oosthuizen, 26, did not drop a shot in a seven-under-par round of 65 to top the leaderboard on 12 under, after dislodging former champion Andrew Coltart. The Scot’s solid 69 left him a shot clear of Spain’s Alvaro Quiros and Australia’s Brett Rumford.

Oosthuizen, who has won five times on his native Sunshine Tour, narrowly missed out on a maiden European Tour title last week in Abu Dhabi. He finished runner-up there, after beginning his year with a 10th-place finish at the Joburg Open.

Oosthuizen, who is ranked 82nd in the world, said: “I had a very big temper about two or three years back because I was frustrated that I was not playing better, but now I handle myself much better and I’m definitely having more fun.”

Coltart was content with his “scrappy” second round, after an opening 66. “I’m pleased,” he said. “There is always a question whether you can follow up a low round and I think I managed it.

“If you go around that course and shoot under par you have done really well and off the back of the 66 I was really proud of it.”

Miguel Angel Jimenez was five shots adrift in fourth place, with fellow overnight leader and 2006 champion Henrik Stenson in a group at six under.


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