Adilson Da Silva fired a five-under 66 in the second round of the Venetian Macau Open, that, coupled with his first round of 68, leaves him in a share of fourth just three strokes behind leader Gaganjeet Bhullar. The event has a total purse of $750,000, and the prospect of a good finish here will be all the more tantalising for the Sunshine Tour veteran who currently sits 49th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
And there seems to be every reason to believe Da Silva can go on to record a strong finish, or even claim victory at the Macau Golf and Country Club. Victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Selborne in late August appears to have been the catalyst to reignite his season, which had just tapered off a little. Since then, heÂs claimed a top 10 finish at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters and a top 20 finish last week at the CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi, and his form seems to be improving steadily by the week.
Moreover, the course itself seems ideally suited to Da SilvaÂs game. The par-71 layout is rather unique, and its hilly terrains and undulating fairways have earned it quite a reputation. The course itself is also very tight from tee to green, and accurate driving is at a premium.
But who better to face up to this challenge than Da Silva, who sits second on the Asian Tour statistics for fairways hit, boasting a highly impressive 79% record. Add to this the fact that he lies fifth for greens in regulation, and itÂs clear that he has the ball striking ability to give it a real go come Sunday.
The well-liked Brazilian has enjoyed a steady climb up the Asian Tour money list recently, and, with some big money events coming up in the near future, will be most pleased with his upturn of form.
But a win this week could be just the breakthrough he so craves, and, although he finds himself up against the prolific Bhullar and others, he surely has as good a chance as any.