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