He hit all but one of the fairways and all the greens in regulation on Thursday, so it was small wonder that Adilson Da Silva was in contention in the second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Selborne Hotel, Spa and Golf Estate.
The 40-year-old Brazilian who makes his home in KwaZulu-NatalÂs Ballito carded a six-under-par 66 to be one stroke behind Doug McGuigan ahead of the cut in the 54-hole R600,000 tournament. Both men had bogey-free rounds.
ÂYou just need to keep yourself out of trouble here when we get lucky with the weather like this,Â said Da Silva. ÂI missed one fairway and I hit all of the greens which was quite nice.Â
On a 5,952-metre layout, wind is always going to be the most important defence of par, and it was windless and the greens soft after some soaking drizzle the day before, so Da Silva and McGuigan Â and everyone else Â were able to fire at the pins.
Putting becomes important: ÂI missed a couple coming in,Â said Da Silva. ÂThe greens were running a little bit better this morning. Yesterday afternoon, they were bouncing around a little, but today they were stunning.Â
He also nearly holed out on the 14th, when his pitching wedge approach from just beyond 100 metres actually hit the hole and bounced away to three metres. He eventually made par there, but it typified Da SilvaÂs game Â hit it close.
McGuigan, like Da Silva, was on all the greens in regulation, and made the birdie putts that came his way on his way to the lead.
The round of the morning belonged to Mark Williams, who, while playing in a tournament for the first time with a long putter, managed to turn it into something of a magic wand on his way to an eight-under-par 64.
ÂI hope it carries on working tomorrow,Â said Williams, who rocketed into third on his own after the morning field had completed their rounds.