South Africa’s Thriston Lawrence is sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard after moving into a four-shot lead after day two of the weather-delayed Joburg Open (Lawrence 11/8 Outright).

The world number 503 hit his second consecutive 65, but not all of the field finished their second round as the weather caused chaos in Johannesburg.

Lawrence managed to avoid the storms at Randpark Golf Club, and he will start Saturday’s round on 12-under par. Countryman Zander Lombard is his closest challenger thanks to his second round of 67 on the spin.

England’s Ashley Chesters sits alone in third one seven-under, while Angel Hidalgo of Spain and Shaun Norris share fourth. However, Norris (8/1 Outright) will get the chance to move up the leaderboard on Saturday morning, as he still has six holes of his second round to complete.

Play at the Joburg Open has now had to end early on both days, but Lawrence has put himself in a prime position to win his first tournament on the DP World Tour.

Speaking after his round, he told reporters: “It’s been lovely. Everything seems to be working well. I’ve made three eagles in six rounds, so that’s six-under just there.

“I’ve been hitting it nicely off the tee and putting nicely for a change. I know this golf course quite well, so I’ve got great confidence on the greens.

“I’m happy for where I am now.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of expectations, but I’m just going to go out and do what I do; it’s still a normal day on the golf course.”

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