Wil Besseling showed off his shorts game as well as his short game to card an opening 65 at Leopard Creek.
Tommy Fleetwood naturally had a tinge of disappointment at being pipped by Jon Rahm in Dubai, but was delighted with his end to 2019.
Pressured by Tommy Fleetwood's late charge, Jon Rahm held his nerve on the final green to win the DP World Tour Championship.
Matching Seve Ballesteros to win the European Tour's season-ending prize would be an honour for Jon Rahm.
World number five Jon Rahm could land a huge payday in Dubai on Sunday, with two titles in his sights.
Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera led by seven shots at one stage in his second round at Jumeirah Golf Estates, but that was reduced to three.
The battle for the Race to Dubai title is hotting up nicely at Jumeirah Golf Estates, where Mike Lorenzo-Vera leads the way.
A closing eagle three put Rory McIlroy in the running after the first round in Dubai on Thursday, with Mike Lorenzo-Vera one shot ahead.
Jumeirah Golf Estates is a happy hunting ground for Rory McIlroy, who is in the mix again in Dubai.
Bernd Wiesberger has the upper hand in the Race to Dubai but Tommy Fleetwood, winner in 2017, is hot on the Austrian's heels.