Noren gets his nose in front at Nedbank Challenge


Alex Noren leads the Nedbank Golf Challenge by two shots at the halfway stage after an action-packed and eventful second round at Gary Player Country Club.

The Swede came into Friday's play one shot behind the leading trio of Ross Fisher, Wang Jeung-hun and Felipe Aguilar, but ended the day two clear of a chasing pack of five.

Noren followed up Thursday's 69 with an excellent 67 featuring just one bogey, at the par-three 12th.

The 34-year-old has won three times in the past four months and looked in fine form again here, making five birdies on the back nine, including at the 15th after a stunning rescue shot.

However Fisher, Wang and Aguilar could only manage respective scores of 72, 73 and 75 to drop off the pace. Race to Dubai contender Henrik Stenson fell seven shots off the lead, with rival Danny Willett 13 shots back following 74s for the duo.

The quintet immediately behind Noren features Fabrizio Zanotti, whose cause was aided by an ace at the par-three fourth as part of his 68.

Meanwhile, Lasse Jensen also caught the eye with an albatross, holing his second shot at the par-five 14th from 240 yards.

Away from the golf itself, Friday also saw one embarrassed spectator take a comedy tumble into a bush, while the local wildlife also made its presence felt once more, with mongooses and baboons running amok around the course in South Africa.