Charl Schwartzel 18 holes from R75 million pay day!

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South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel holds a three-shot lead after Friday’s second round of the LIV Golf Invitational Series opener at the Centurion Club in London.

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Schwartzel posted a second round four-under par 66 in windy conditions to sit at nine-under after 36 holes – and inch closer to the inaugural title in Saturday’s final round.

The winner will walk away with $4 million (R63.5 million).

Charl Schwartzel’s compatriot and Stingers team-mate Hennie du Plessis is in second place after his two-under par 68 in Round 2.

American Peter Uihlein is in sole third spot on four-under par with another Mzansi player, Oliver Bekker, still in with an outside chance in fourth spot on three-under.

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The stellar play of Schwartzel and Du Plessis has helped put their all-South African team, the Stingers, on top of the team leaderboard.

The Stingers are led by Louis Oosthuizen (1-over), with Branden Grace (even par) making up the quartet that sits on 15-under.

That’s seven shots better than the second-placed Crushers.

In rounds one and two, the best two scores counted towards the team competition, while in Round 3 it will be the best three that count.

The winning team will split $3 million ($750 000 each / R12 million).

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The LIV Golf Invitational Series received a boost on Friday with confirmation that big-hitting American Bryson DeChambeau would be joining from the second tournament in Oregon.

LEADERBOARD: LIV GOLF INVITATIONAL SERIES – ROUND 2

1. Charl Schwartzel 65-66  -9
2. Hennie du Plessis 66-68  -6
3. Peter Uihlein 70-66  -4
4. Oliver Bekker 70-67  -3
T5. 
Dustin Johnson 69-70  -1
T5. Sam Horsfield 69-70  -1
T5. Scott Vincent 67-72  -1
T5. Phachara Khongwatmai 67-72  -1
T9. Ryosuke Kinoshita 73-67  E
T9. Branden Grace 68-72  E
T9. 
Adrian Otaegui 70-70  E
T12. Louis Oosthuizen 72-69  +1
T12. 
Talor Gooch 71-70  +1
T12. Sergio Garcia 71-70  +1
T12. Pablo Larrazabal 72-69  +1
T12. Ian Poulter 75-66  +1
T17. Justin Harding 68-74  +2
T17. 
Ratchanon Chantananuwat (a) 73-69  +2
T17. Ian Snyman 71-71  +2
T17. Chase Koepka 70-72  +2
T21. Jinichiro Kozuma 73-70  +3
T21. Laurie Canter 69-74  +3
T21. JC Ritchie 73-70  +3
T21. 
Jediah Morgan 73-70  +3
T21. Wade Ormsby 71-72  +3
T26. Kevin Na 73-71  +4
T26. Matt Jones 74-70  +4
T26. Phil Mickelson 69-75  +4
T26. Martin Kaymer 74-70  +4
T26. Travis Smyth 75-69  +4
T26. James Piot 71-73  +4
T32. Shaun Norris 73-72  +5
T32. 
Graeme McDowell 74-71  +5
T32. Viraj Madappa 71-74  +5
T32. Kevin Yuan 73-72  +5
36. Lee Westwood 75-71  +6
T37. Richard Bland 73-74  +7
T37. Sihwan Kim 78-69  +7
T37. Hideto Tanihara 70-77  +7
40. David Puig (a) 74-74  +8
T41. Bernd Wiesberger 77-72  +9
T41. Oliver Fisher 73-76  +9
T43. Hudson Swafford 77-73  +10
T43. Blake Windred 78-72  +10
T45. Sadom Kaewkanjana 76-79  +15
T45. Turk Pettit 75-80  +15
47. Itthipat Buranatanyarat 76-82  +18
48. Andy Ogletree 82-77  +19

TEAM LEADERBOARD

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