Day One leader Simon Ngige on Wednesday extended his lead to two shots as on-form John Wangai of Sigona moved into second place going into Thursday's third round of the inaugural Crown Paints Invitational at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club course.Thika Sports Club's Ngige picked up a birdie in each half, with with an equal number of bogeys to level the Muthaiga course for a two rounds total of one under par 141 as 18 players made the cut to proceed for the last two rounds in hunt for the top prize of Sh150,000.Wangai on the other hand recovered a double bogey
six at the par four-sixth, and one more at the ninth, having also dropped a shot at the second, to post one under par 70.
16 in the first of two shotgun starts and overcame a double bogey
on the 18th on a wild drive with three pairs of back-to-back birdies against another double bogey
to seize early control with the dreaded Splendido wind hardly felt in morning play.
The 35-year-old carded an eagle, five birdies, one bogey and a double bogey
in a mixed third round to move to 11 under par, one shot ahead of closest challenger David Lipsky.
Defending champion Justin Thomas struggled to an opening 73 which included two bogeys and a four-putt double bogey
on the fourth.
He had a 1-shot lead until a double bogey
on the 11th hole, a bogey on the next.
He scored one birdie and made a double bogey
at hole no 16 par 3 besides missed a single stroke at 4, 5, 18 and 16.
Ikeda rebounded from two bogeys and a double bogey
in the first four holes with five birdies in an eight-hole stretch from No.
But Woods didn't begin the event in the manner he would have liked and his rollercoaster round at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades included five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey
Dimmock had also carded two early birdies before running up a triple bogey on the sixth and a double bogey
on the next, but recovered to cover the back nine in 34 in an eventful 73.
But she stumbled with a double bogey
at the par-three 13th to fall back, before a birdie at the par-three 16th boosted her lead.
ENGLAND'S Lee Slattery recovered from a double bogey
to take a two-shot lead heading into the final round of a rain-hit M2M Russian Open in Moscow.
Playing partner Max Kieffer had matched Noren's birdie on the first but then ran up a double bogey
on the fourth and also double-bogeyed the next after his second shot caught the lip of a bunker.