Nedbank Golf Challenge: Paul Lawrie stays focused after taking halfway lead
Paul Lawrie was not getting carried away after opening a one-shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Last Updated: 30/11/12 7:00pm
The Scot produced a three-under 69 in the second round to move to four under for the tournament, just ahead of Germany's Martin Kaymer in the 12-man event.
"I played nicely, I struggled a bit with the driver so I hit a lot of three-woods off the tees," said Lawrie, who has won twice already in 2012 and was part of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team at Medinah.
"I hit my three-wood pretty far, but I also hit a lot of good shots with my irons. The greens are a little slower and I left a few putts out there.
"The wind was swirling, and it was quite difficult. It was chopping and changing - a little bit like Augusta. It is difficult to get the distance right this week, but so far we only got a couple wrong so we've done okay."
In such a compact field, though, he knows he has little time to relax.
"The leaderboard is pretty damn packed, and pretty close together," added Lawrie.
"There is still a lot of golf to play and a lot of time for guys to come back who struggled in the first two days. So far, so good for me, but there is still a long way to go."
Kaymer was also pleased with his 69 despite his progress being briefly stalled by back-to-back bogeys at the eighth and ninth.
"It was a very good round. I hit a lot of good tee shots and once you hit the fairways here you can score well," said Kaymer.
"Unfortunately I hit it in the water at the ninth and made bogey there but three-under is a very good score on this golf course."