MPUMALANGA, South Africa, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Charl Schwartzel turned in a second consecutive 4-under-par 68 Friday for a 2-stroke lead halfway through the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.
Schwartzel, from South African, was among five players who shot 68 in Thursday's first round but he was the only one to keep that pace. Rafael Cabrera Bello shot 69 Friday and Oliver Wilson had a 70 to tie for second at 6-under 138. Lee Westwood, who shot a second-round 66, is in fourth place at 5-under 139.
Schwartzel's lead could have been larger but he faltered on late holes on each nine. He began Friday's play on the back nine and posted birdies on four of his first six holes. He bogeyed No. 18, but beat par on Nos. 1, 2 and 4 to reach 10 under par. He then had bogeys on 7 and 9 to fall back to 8 under.
Defending champion Ernie Els, another South African, had four bogeys and a double bogey Friday and used an eagle on No. 18 to make the cut by two strokes. He is at even-par 144 after two rounds.