The Brazilian made short work of the 6104-metre course and set the 36-hole target at four-under-par, one stroke ahead of local favourite Andrew Curlewis.
Da Silva plays incredibly consistent golf. He led the European Tour for driving accuracy through most of 2014 and holds the Sunshine Tour record for most consecutive cuts made with 43.
At a course like San Lameer, where water hazards abound, it’s important to keep it in the fairway and play regulation golf. It’s bread-and-butter territory for Da Silva, who has won twelve times on the Sunshine Tour.
“There is a lot of water in play for us, so your tee shot is very important on this course, so you have to drive it well. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty straight and today I hit almost all of the fairways.
“I was focused on giving myself good second shots and kept myself in play throughout the round, which was satisfying,” he said.
The 43-year-old shared fourth place at the Sun City Challenge a fortnight ago and has brought some of that good form to the South Coast.
“I played well at Lost City Golf Course, but in this game you keep making mistakes and learning the hard way. I left a couple out there, but my putting was better today and I had a good time on the greens,” he said.
On Friday he made the most of his morning start, with the conditions staying calm throughout his round. A run of three consecutive birdies from the 12th to the 14th earned him top spot on the leaderboard and he never looked back.
“It’s nice to be back on the coast and to play here again, so hopefully we can do something tomorrow. Once I finish up on the Wild Coast I’m going to play the Russian Open and then the Brazilian Open, so I’ll be busy for a while to come,” he concluded.
Curlewis led at the start of the day, but backslid with a round of 74 and reached the clubhouse on three-under-par for the tournament.
Chris Swanepoel, Peter Karmis, and Keenan Davidse were all two-under and shared third place at the end of the morning’s play.