By Guy Hawthorne (Michael Vlismas Media)
In October last year, the professional from Villamoure in Portugal won another event at Koro Creek, so he is familiar with the layout and is looking forward to another good showing this week.
“It was almost exactly a year ago,” said Rosado. “The weather was the same as it is now – very hot with a slight breeze – and I played well. I’m hoping for much the same this week.”
Rosado believes the secret to scoring well here lies in the tee shot. “You need to put the ball in position off the tee and then there are plenty of birdie opportunities,” he said.
“You need to play the par-fives well. If you hit it decent off the tee, they are reachable in two so they all present birdie opportunities. This course requires a bit of thought off the tee. But if you put the ball in the right places, you can be aggressive with your approaches. If you hit it long off the tee, some of the fairways are narrow. The ideal landing areas are shorter and that’s why a lot of the time you need to hit irons or rescue clubs from the tee.”
Koro Creek is quite an undulating course with a few “blind” tee shots, but Rosado doesn’t believe that will be an issue.
“That won’t be a problem,” he said. “Instead, the par-threes might give people some headaches. They are tough.”
The two-day Pro-Am, which finished on Wednesday, was won by Ulrich van den Berg and his amateur partner Gavin Snyman.
Vodacom donated R126 200 from this tournament to charities campaigning against gender-based violence. Of that, R50 000 was raised at Tuesday’s “putt-off” and R76 200 was for the 381 birdies scored during the Pro-Am (R200 per birdie made by the players).