David Lipsky shoots 66 to take one-shot lead at Leopard Creek
Four Scotsmen in pursuit of American player at the halfway stage
David Lipsky holds a one-shot lead after a second round of 66 at the Alfred Dunhill Champioship at Leopard Creek. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Jamieson and Drysdale both came close to losing their places on the European Tour last season, while Warren lost his and had to go back to the Qualifying School, with all three men looking to bounce back in the wraparound 2019 season.
McGuigan is a veteran of the South African Sunshine Tour and the 48-year-old rolled back the years with seven birdies on the back nine as he made nine consecutive one-putts.
Starting on the 10th, Lipsky made a birdie on the 11th and an eagle on the 13th before adding further gains on the 16th, second and third. “I played really well,” he told europeantour.com. “I actually didn’t hit it that great today but my putting and chipping was amazing. I got the job done and tied it up and I’m looking forward to the weekend.”
Jamieson made five birdies in six holes from the 13th in a 66, while Drysdale recorded four birdies and a bogey in a 69.
A holed bunker-shot on the eighth was the highlight of Warren’s 67 and he was delighted to be playing well again after his disappointing 2018 season.
“I think I learned a lot that week (at Qualifying School),” he said. “I thought it was going to be a long week so I kind of surprised myself.
“I felt like I just played golf, purely. I just played the shots I felt I could play. I felt like I was playing golf again as opposed to playing golf swing so I’m just trying to take that approach into the new season.”
Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan and Neil O’Briain both missed the cut after respective second rounds of 70 and 75.