Stenson stretches four shots clear

Globetrotting Henrik Stenson holds a commanding four-stroke lead after two days of the South African Open at Serengeti.

Since the start of last month the 36-year-old former Ryder Cup star has played in Scotland, Portugal, America, China, America again and now South Africa.

But his pursuit of a first win since May 2009 could soon be over after superb rounds of 66 and 65 put him 13 under par at halfway.

When play was suspended because of lightning, fellow Swede Magnus Carlsson (67) shared second spot on nine under with first-round leader Merrick Bremner, who still had four holes of his second round to play.

Stenson, 19th at the PGA Tour’s season-ending event in Florida on Sunday, did not land in Johannesburg until Tuesday and has been battling jetlag. “I went to bed at midnight last night and woke up at 1.40am – I guess the body thought it was a bit of an afternoon kip,” he said.

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