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Andrew Dodt leads Mauritius Open

Queenslander Dodt has broken three shots clear (Photo: Getty Images )
Australian Andrew Dodt extended his advantage at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open with a steady two under par 70 on another exceptionally windy day at Four Seasons Golf Club Anahita.

The 30 year old once again tamed the gales on the stunning island’s east coast to move to eight under par at the halfway stage, three shots clear of Jeunghun Wang, who won his first European Tour title last week in Morocco, and Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman.

On a day when only ten players posted under par rounds, the 65 from Nicolas Colsaerts defied belief, moving the Belgian up 68 places to a share of third spot on four under par.

The 2012 Ryder Cup player had nine birdies and two bogeys at the course to which he is attached, and afterwards described it as one of the best displays of his career.

England’s Ross McGowan also impressed with a 67 to jump to fifth place on two under, while defending champion George Coetzee of South Africa signed for a 74 to drop down to tied 16th on one over par.

Dodt talked about a decision to enjoy the challenge this week rather than fight it. “I’m trying to embrace the challenge and enjoy the conditions and have fun, rather than trying to hold on and be defensive. You’ve got to be as tough as you can and miss in the right spots. I didn’t strike the ball as well as I did yesterday, but I missed in the right areas, where I could still get up and down. That was the key.

“The chip-in on 12th was a lovely shot. It came out a little harder than I would’ve liked but luckily it hit the hole dead centre. I lost my concentration on the next hole, though, which sometimes happens when you make a birdie.

“I’ve actually been struggling a bit to get on my left side through the ball, but this wind is helping me get on the left side, as you have to do that to hit it low. I’ve always been a pretty good wind player, so I feel really comfortable in these conditions.”

Colsaerts was delighted with his effort in such demanding conditions. “I can’t really think of a better display than that. I played every shot the way I intended, using the wind here and there, and most of them were really close.“I converted most of the birdie chances I gave myself, but it could’ve been even better. I drove just off the back of the green on the ninth and made four, and I three-putted the tenth. I dropped another shot on the 17th and got it back on the last, so overall I’m very happy. It’s the toughest I’ve ever seen this place play in however many rounds I’ve played here. It’s a serious test.

Leading Round 2 scores: 73 players made the cut at 150 (+6)

136 A Dodt (Aus) 66 70, 

139 J Wang (Kor) 69 70, 140 S Rahman (Ban) 68 72, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 75 65, 142 R McGowan  (Eng) 75 67, 

143 J Van Zyl (RSA) 71 72, H Otto (RSA) 71 72, J Ahlers (RSA) 71 72, R De Smidt (RSA) 71 72, 

144 E Molinari  (Ita) 72 72, M Kawamura (Jpn) 72 72, R Evans  (Eng) 71 73, R West (RSA) 73 71, B Henson (USA) 72 72, O Bekker (RSA) 75 69, 

145 G Coetzee (RSA) 71 74, L Weber (Fra) 74 71, P Peterson (USA) 72 73, R McEvoy  (Eng) 71 74, C Hanson (Eng) 72 73, S Vincent (Zim) 74 71, 

146 T Pilkadaris (Aus) 74 72, H Rai (Ind) 73 73, N Srithong (Tha) 70 76, L Nemecz (Aut) 73 73, D Gavins (Eng) 74 72, U Van Den Berg  (RSA) 73 73, S Hend (Aus) 72 74, C Kumar (Ind) 70 76, P Khongwatmai (Tha) 73 73, W Coetsee (RSA) 71 75, R Lee (Can) 73 73, H Porteous (RSA) 73 73, 

147 J Singh (Ind) 73 74, C Pigem (Esp) 75 72, K Horne (RSA) 73 74, D Van Tonder  (RSA) 72 75, D Dixon (Eng) 74 73, J Janewattananond (Tha) 74 73, S Manley (Wal) 71 76, V Groenewald (RSA) 74 73, A Da Silva (Bra) 74 73, L De Jager  (RSA) 71 76, M Southgate  (Eng) 72 75, C Basson (RSA) 72 75, 

148 J Randhawa (Ind) 73 75, E Goya (Arg) 69 79, M Mamat (Sin) 72 76, J Scrivener (Aus) 71 77, R Fox (Nzl) 73 75, R Van Der Spuy (RSA) 74 74, C Blomstrand (Swe) 74 74, B Stone (RSA) 73 75, M Tabuena (Phi) 77 71, A Otaegui  (Esp) 77 71, T Chuayprakong (Tha) 71 77, 


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