Victor Dubuisson establishes two-shot lead in South Africa

Dubuisson carded 70 to reach six under, but his advantage would have been greater had it not been for a bogey at the last after missing the green and then firing his chip 25 feet past the hole.

France's Victor Dubuisson claimed a two-shot lead after the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.

The Ryder Cup star carded a two-under 70 to reach six under, but his advantage would have been greater had it not been for a bogey at the last after missing the green and then firing his chip 25 feet past the hole.

Dubuisson's momentum was halted after he birdied the 15th to move three clear when the threat of lightning forced a two-and-a-half-hour suspension.

Victor Dubuisson has a two-shot lead after two rounds at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Victor Dubuisson has a two-shot lead after two rounds at the Nedbank Golf Challenge

Dubuisson carded a two-under 70 on Friday to get into the clubhouse on six-under overall

Dubuisson carded a two-under 70 on Friday to get into the clubhouse on six-under overall

Frenchman Dubuisson plays a shot from the first cut during his second round on Friday

Frenchman Dubuisson plays a shot from the first cut during his second round on Friday

LEADERBOARD 

1) Victor Dubuisson: -6

T2) Darren Fichardt: -4

T2) Lee Westwood: -4

T4) Scott Jamieson: -3

T4) Alex Noren: -3

T4) Ross Fisher: -3

T4) Tyrrell Hatton: -3 

By then second-placed South African Darren Fichardt, who was not even in the field on Thursday morning but got in as a late reserve, and Lee Westwood were safely home in the clubhouse on four under after rounds of 69 and 70 respectively.

Windier conditions made scoring more difficult than the opening day with just 12 under-par rounds posted.

Ireland's Shane Lowry, starting at level par, coped best and was five under through 10 holes only for one dropped shot at 11 to be followed by a triple-bogey eight at the 14th as he eventually finished one under.

That put overnight leader Bernd Wiesberger back in front only for the Austrian to leak three shots in two holes early in his round to leave Dubuisson two clear at the top on six under.

Lee Westwood and Darren Fichardt sit tied second on four-under after their first two rounds

Lee Westwood and Darren Fichardt sit tied second on four-under after their first two rounds

Wiesberger failed to recover from that slip and carded a five-over 77 to drop out of contention.

Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood shot a 74 to slip to three over to leave him with the remotest of chances of clinching the title with a win this week.

Dubuisson's form has not been great with just two top-10 finishes this season.

But this is the time of year when his game seems to start to pick up with two wins at the Turkish Airlines Open, two Nedbank top fives and three top fives at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, in November and December since 2013.

Austria's Bernd Wiesberger tees off from the 17th hole during the second round in South Africa

Austria's Bernd Wiesberger tees off from the 17th hole during the second round in South Africa

Renato Paratore of Italy hits a shot from the trees as he looks to dig his way out of trouble

Renato Paratore of Italy hits a shot from the trees as he looks to dig his way out of trouble

'I just try to play as good as I can each day, day after day. Especially on this course, you've got to have a very solid game to do some good scoring,' he told europeantour.com.

'The driver of course here is the key if you want to play well and today I didn't miss many fairways, maybe one or two, and I played very solidly in the wind.

'It's the goal of the week to play Dubai because it's been five years in a row that I've played the Dubai final. Of course I think about it.'