On a morning when scoring was difficult for everyone, Adilson Da Silva carded a two-under-par 70 to move into a two stroke lead in the second round of the R600,000 Sun City Classic.
In the valley where the Lost City Golf Course is situated, the winds swirled just enough to make birdies an endangered species as some of the first-round contenders slid down the leaderboard, leaving Da Silva two strokes clear of Vaughn Groenewald and another one ahead of Jake Roos.
It was a day which saw defending champion Bryce Easton balloon out to a three-over 75, in all likelihood doomed to missing the cut.
There were only two other players who carded 70 in the tough conditions: Jean Hugo and Titch Moore managed the feat while there were only six more players who broke par.
“There was a bit of a wind in the early morning,” said Da Silva, “and also on some of the fairways, the ball was picking up a bit of mud. I had about three or four of those, and I just had no control over them.”
But Da Silva being Da Silva, he worked his way around it. “I managed to just keep it in play and I holed a couple of putts on my back nine,” he said, “so in the end, it was a good day.”
He came close to winning when he was pipped at the post by Jacques Blaauw last week, and his consistency has put him in position to have another shot at victory this week.
There’s work to do, however. “The course is not playing that easy, and I just have to find a way to have a comfortable way to play the course,” he said.