Chris Paisley and Adrien Saddier opened up a big lead after two rounds of the South African Open on Friday as they moved to 13 under par and four shots clear of their nearest challengers.
Johnson and Kirk kept clean cards playing on opposite sides of the draw and closed with different brands of birdies on the par-5 18th hole - Kirk two-putted from about 10 feet, while Johnson found a bunker, laid up and hit a wedge to 5 feet.
Because of the chilly weather in the South, Kirk brought his family out to Oahu a week ago Monday. "After a seven-week break, when I came out to practice on Tuesday morning and in the pro-am in the afternoon, I didn't really hit it great", he said. "On all the par-fives, I pretty much hit great tee-shots and really gave myself some chances".
And Jamie Donaldson recorded the first hole-in-one of this year's tournament when he aced the par-three 14th with a nine iron. "So you always feel like its possible".
And one tee shot that led to plenty of calamity. This one hit the trunk of a tree and tumbled down a wide (and dry) ditch about 8 feet below the fairway.
He could have dropped it with a penalty stroke, but there was nowhere to go. He missed the fairway to the right on the seventh and when he could not reach the green in two he suffered the added indignity of watching his chip to the elevated putting surface roll back towards him.
At this point, he was lying 4 and was only a few yards away from the second tee, waiting for another group to tee off.
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In Hawaii, of all places.
Home favourite Branden Grace and American Chase Koepka, the overnight joint leaders, both shot 71s to slip to five shots off the pace, along with two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen (67).
Koepka, the younger brother of U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, was among the morning starters and set the clubhouse target by carding an eagle and seven birdies in his third tournament of his debut season on the European Tour.
As things warmed up‚ Grace displayed the requisite amount of muscle and touch in compiling a round of 65, which included three eagles.
Grace, seeking back-to-back European Tour triumphs in South Africa, also came a cropper at the final hole, dropping a shot to post a 71.
The 29-year-old eight-time victor on the circuit won the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City two months ago, his last appearance on the Tour.