December 6, 2013News
Hong Kong December 6: South Africa’s Jbe Kruger made it a fitting tribute to the passing of Nelson Mandela by storming ahead to take the second round lead with a four-under-par 66 at the US$1.3 million Hong Kong Open on Friday.
As the only South African in the strong field where over 30 Asian Tour champions have gathered at the Hong Kong Golf Club, Kruger broke clear of the chasing pack during an extraordinary homerun where he made six birdies in seven holes to sign for a two-day total of seven-under-par 133.
There was little sign to show for what is to come for Kruger when he reached the turn in 36 following three bogeys and one birdie.
After making a par on the par-four 10th, the 27-year-old then stormed ahead by making six birdies on holes 11,12,13,14,16 and 17.
Kruger expressed his sadness at the death of Mandela, a revered icon long regarded as the father of his nation.
I think, you know, it was always coming. He was in the hospital for a long time “Our country lost a real-life hero,” said Kruger of Mandela who led the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and was one of the towering political figures of the 20th century.
I’m wearing this in his honor (black ribbon), I think he was probably one of the best people, presidents, I’ve ever seen!
Turning his attention to his challenge at the storied Hong Kong Open, Kruger was delighted to rediscover his good form after having only a tied-fifth finish in Chiangmai this year to show for since winning his maiden Asian Tour title in India in 2012. . I think God took care of that. You know, I played well. I swung it. I probably swung it the best I’ve swung it in a long time. I didn’t miss many greens. The putts didn’t want to go in. You know, on the back nine, if I can make putts like that, you have to know that it’s God’s hands, it’s definitely there. So I must say, all the glory goes to Him