Defending champion Adilson Da Silva carded a four-under-par 68 on Thursday to take the clubhouse lead in the second round of the R600,000 Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Selborne Park Golf Club.
He went round his opening nine holes – the back nine after he started his round on the 10th hole – in level par, but made four birdies coming home to grab a four-shot edge over Tyrone Mordt and Michael Hollick after the morning field completed its round.
“I was hitting good shots,” said Da Silva, “but I missed just about all the putts I had on the first nine. It’s frustrating, because the greens are really okay, and I just couldn’t get it in the hole.
“On the homeward nine, I just kept my head steady and something had to come, and it did. I managed to hole one or two putts. But I was happy. I hit the ball pretty well,” he added.
Da Silva made his score with the occasional very soft drizzle falling, but the weather was threatening to close in, making the task of the afternoon field possibly a bit tougher.
“You never know what’s coming with the weather,” he said. “This morning was really good. We were really lucky out there – I just had to make the putts, really!”
Ryan Cairns shot the best round of the morning, and he was aided in that six-under-par by making his third ace as a professional. The hole-in-one came at the fourth, which was playing 152 metres.
“That was a sweet nine-iron,” said Cairns. “”It looked good while it was in the air, and we were all willing it in. It pitched about two feet short of the hole, spun a bit and rolled in.”
Mordt and Hollick each carded three-under 69s, and held a one-stroke edge over Cairns, Derik Ferreira, Jake Roos and Grant Muller.