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Hahn impresses to claim two-shot lead in Africa

American John Hahn carded a brilliant 10-under-par 61 to claim a two-shot lead in the second round of the weather-delayed Africa Open yesterday.

Hahn fired eight birdies and an eagle at East London Golf Club to finish 16 under par, two shots ahead of overnight leader Ricardo Santos, who added a 66 to his opening 62.

Ranked 881st in the world, Hahn started from the ninth with a birdie and picked up further shots at the 14th and 18th before a brilliant scoring burst took him to the top of the leaderboard. The 24-year-old birdied the first and second, eagled the par-five third and then birdied the fourth, sixth and eighth to effectively cover the front nine in just 28 shots, one outside the European Tour record.

A 95-minute delay caused by torrential morning rain meant the second round was not completed on schedule by the evening, with play due to resume at 0715 local time today.

Former European Tour rookie of the year, Santos, who had looked set to maintain his lead for most of the day after another flawless round, said: "I was very pleased to score so well today, I really couldn't ask for much more.


"I got quite lucky with the weather delay, because I was in some thick rough when we were called off, but the break let me breathe some clean air and when I came back out, I saved par. There is still a lot of golf to come, but I'm very happy with my position at the moment." England's Oliver Fisher is a shot behind Santos on 13 under, the 2011 Czech Open winner making birdies at his final four holes to shoot an error-free 63.

"It was a good day, I played well, hit the ball nicely and kept it in play," said Fisher, who lost his card after finishing 118th on the Race to Dubai last season.

"There were lots of chances, which you can tell by the scoring. It was a matter of being patient and sticking with your round."