Yorkshire's Chris Hanson produces stunning second-round finale in Johannesburg

Huddersfield's Chris Hanson (Picture: PA).
Huddersfield's Chris Hanson (Picture: PA).
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HUDDERSFIELD'S Chris Hanson responded to the threat of missing the cut in the BMW SA Open in spectacular style, playing the last five holes of his second round in six under par.

Hanson had four birdies and an eagle, the latter at the 15th, to comfortably make it through to the third round on three-under-par 141 (74 67) at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg.

The European Tour's Twitter feed acknowledged Chris Hanson's astonishing finish to his round.

The European Tour's Twitter feed acknowledged Chris Hanson's astonishing finish to his round.

The Woodsome Hall player had stood one shot the wrong side of the projected cut when he resumed his second round with 13 holes still to play.

He got off to just the start he would have wanted, by birdieing the sixth - his first hole of the day - but gave back the advantage at the next hole.

After birdieing 12 he repeated the process, surrendering a shot at the 13th, but then came the fireworks that ensured he made the cut for the second time in only his third event as a card-carrying member of the European Tour.

"That was a fun morning," he commented on Twitter. "Nice to get on a #purplepatch down the stretch."

Malton's Simon Dyson, playing his first event in seven months following wrist surgery, came to the last needing a birdie to make the cut.

A double bogey at the ninth on his final hole on Friday before play was suspended gave the six-time Tour winner work to do, but two birdies and a bogey through eight holes afforded him a chance.

However, he closed his inward nine as he had his outward, with a double bogey six, and missed out.

Leeds's Daniel Gavins, who, like Hanson, won his Tour card at Qualifying School in November, missed the cut by just one shot.

He was one of the players who managed to complete his second round on Friday, adding a 77 to his highly promising opening 70.

Hanson went back out for his third round and the spell appeared to have been broken. When play was suspended due to a threat of lightning, he was four over for his round through 14 holes, with five bogeys and a lone birdie.

"Called off again for what (is) a crazy day," he Tweeted. "Birdies, bogies, eagles, doubles, thunder, Twitter madness, and now more waiting."

Four closing pars gave him a 76 and a three-round aggregate of 217, one over.