Coetzee takes lead at Tshwane Open before storms halt round wire reports

CENTURION, South Africa -- Charl Coetzee of South Africa shot a 7-under 65 to hold the clubhouse lead by one stroke when a thunderstorm halted play Friday in the second round of the Tshwane Open.

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Coetzee was at 12 under on the Els Club course at Copperleaf Golf Estate. Mark Tullo of Chile was next, while Dawie Van Der Walt of South Africa was also at 11 under after 14 holes.

A total of 54 out of 156 players were unable to complete their round, including two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, who needs to birdie one of his closing two holes to make the cut.

Coetzee won 28 amateur victories before turning pro in 2007.

He says "I enjoyed it and I haven't had this much fun in a long time."

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