Adilson da Silva heads to the Zambia Sugar Open ranked 21st on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and this week he’ll look to continue that success on the other side of the Indian Ocean.
Brazil’s top-ranked golfer has taken 10 victories in his seven years on the Sunshine Tour, and with his feet squarely planted on African soil at Lusaka Golf Club this week, he’s back on favoured terrain.
And the 41-year-old has been on track since the beginning of the season, where he made cuts at all three of tournaments co-sanctioned by the European and Sunshine Tours.
Most notable of those results was a tied-12th finish at the Africa Open in February, where he shot a first-round 62 on his way to a nine-under-par total for the tournament.
Also riding the Asian Tour wave is Bryce Easton, who recently finished second at the Chiangmai Golf Classic after carding a Sunday 64.
The 25-year-old Durbanite was pleased with his hold on 14th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and he’s confident about earning full playing privileges for next year. His focus is now squarely on the Sunshine Tour.
“I was really glad to get right up there in Chiangmai. A pity I couldn’t win, but that just about wraps up my card for next year, which is huge,” he said.
“Now I’ve got the whole year in South Africa to produce results, and it feels like I have a bit less pressure than some of the guys out here.”
The migrants from Asia will have to overcome a strong title defence from the long-hitting Justin Harding, who recently qualified for The Open 2013.
He’s backed by 2011 champion Doug McGuigan, who lifted the trophy at Nchanga Golf Club after eliminating Jean Hugo in a playoff.