Originally created 12/17/05

Fisher has five-shot lead in South Africa



GEORGE, South Africa - Ross Fisher shot a 3-under-par 70 to lead by five shots Friday after the second round of the South African Open.

The Englishman had seven birdies, two bogeys, a double bogey and was 8-under at 138 after 36 holes. Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen had a 70 and was at 143.

Only 14 players in the 155-man field were below par in the round on the Links at Fancourt.

"Obviously, sharing the lead in the first round was a great start," Fisher said. "But I really wanted to press on and I'm getting used to the course now."

Goosen was a shot ahead of Charl Schwartzel, Leonard Loxton and James Kingston.

"I'm grinding, that's for sure," Goosen said. "Every shot is hard work at the moment."

First-round co-leader Tim Clark had a 78 - 10 shots worse than a day earlier. He was tied for ninth with two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els, whose 70 gave him a total of 146.