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South Africans set early pace

SOUTH AFRICAN Hennie Otto stole the limelight from his more renowned countrymen to take over at the top of the Malaysian Open leaderboard.

Otto fired an unblemished round of 64 to hold a share of the lead with another South African, Jbe Kruger, on nine-under midway through the second round. Kruger also carded eight birdies with his only hiccup coming with bogey at the par-five third to go around in 65 today.

It meant their countrymen Louis Oosthuizen, who lost a dramatic play-off to Bubba Watson at the Masters last week, and last year's Augusta winner Charl Schwartzel had to take a back seat.

The duo made a 30-hour journey from the United States to Kuala Lumpur to take their place in the field and while Schwartzel showed no ill-effects yesterday, when he shot 64 to take the overnight lead.