While there wasnÂt a breath of wind on the Lost City Golf Course on Wednesday, Adilson Da Silva was fretting about it ahead of the R550,000 Sun City Challenge.
The 40-year-old Brazilian won the corresponding event last year when it was the Nashua Golf Challenge on the Gary Player Country Club layout with a course-record equalling 63 in the final round, but the 6,983-metre Lost City course presents different challenges for someone who is not that long off the tee.
ÂIÂm a little worried about the ninth,Â said Da Silva of the 470-metre par-four Â the longest par-four on the course, Âand especially if the wind gets up a little.Â
Da Silva, who has been campaigning on the Asian Tour, will be playing the 54-hole Sun City Challenge, which gets underway on Thursday, and two more tournaments on the Sunshine Tour before heading back to Asia to resume his season there.
He last played the Lost City course in 2009, in the second round of the Dimension Data Pro-Am, in which he came 12th behind winner Deane Pappas. He carded a level-par 72 on it then, but he likes the look of the course ahead of the tournament this year.
ÂThe greens are great,Â he said. ÂIf I can get a couple of putts rolling, it should go well.Â
But itÂs getting to the greens which is occupying his mind: He averages 279 metres off the tee on the Asian Tour, ranking 126th in that department. And with the par-fives at the Lost City all 500 metres and longer, and six of the 10 par-fours 405 metres and longer, heÂs going to have to get every tee shot well out there.
He does successfully convert his tee shots into getting onto the greens, however: He is ranked 15th on the Asian Tour for greens in regulation, hitting 74 percent of them.
Putting has been bit of a problem for Da Silva in Asia: He is ranked 147th on the tour for putts per greens in regulation at 1.89, and 161st at 32.3 puts per round.
ÂThe par-threes at Lost City are all good, though,Â he pointed out. ÂSo IÂm looking forward to the challenge.