Kruger’s lead in Hong Kong is fitting tribute to Mandela

Published: 07/12/2013

South African Jbe Kruger paid tribute to his country’s former president Nelson Mandela after claiming the halfway lead in the Hong Kong Open.

Kruger carded a second round of 66, aided by a run of six birdies in seven holes on the back nine, to finish seven under par, one shot ahead of Wales’s Stuart Manley.

The 27-year-old wore two black ribbons as a mark of respect to Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95, and said: “Wearing these is an honour. Our country lost a real live hero. He was one of the best people and presidents I have ever seen. I don’t know if our country will ever have another leader like that.”

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