Again Scrivener was bogey free and he now finds himself four shots from the lead of defending champion Justin Rose but only two shots from the second place shared by Thorbjorn Olesen, Tom Lewis and Danny Willett.
With just this week and next week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City (where he is still awaiting a start) Scrivener needs something special in the next two weeks if he is to have any chance of a place in the field for the DP World Tour Championship Dubai but he has kept the door open.
A finish inside the top six this week should see Scrivener move far enough inside the top sixty in the Race to Dubai rankings to be assured of a start in the season ending event.
Rose leads and should he go on to successfully defend he would go back to the top of the world ranking after being surpassed by Brooks Koepka recently. He would also become the first player to successfully defend a Rolex Series title.
“I got off to a good start again and felt really comfortable out of the blocks today,” said Rose.
“I hit two nice iron shots to start the day into one and two, I felt comfortable from that moment on and set me up for another good day.”
While appearing the man to beat and the hot favourite even before the event got underway Rose is determined not to get ahead of things.
“Clearly I've been burned by this game many a time and you have to keep working hard. I'm trying not to get too far ahead of myself, wake up tomorrow and go from there. Every day, I just try to build a new body of work and keep grinding.”
South Australian Wade Ormsby, who is already guaranteed a start in Dubai in two weeks’ time is tied for 31st, Lucas Herbert (another on his way to Dubai) is 45th and Scott Hend 74th.
With no cut this week, all of the Australians and the one New Zealander, Ryan Fox (39th), get to play all four rounds.
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