“I played well today and overall I hung in there. On this course if you miss a tee shoot there is plenty of trouble. The greens are faster than they look and I made some small mistakes today, but I’m happy,” he said.
The 12-time Sunshine Tour winner has made 3170 birdies in his career, six of which came on Saturday as he climbed to 14-under-par for the tournament.
“I made birdies on eight and nine and it brought me back into it. I was feeling a little bit down and those two holes kicked me up a bit.
“I feel like I’m playing well, so I just have to keep it in play and give myself a bit of a chance. I’ll get a number in my head and if I achieve it then I’ll be happy,” he said.
The 43-year-old based himself in Zimbabwe early in his career and he trained at Royal Harare under the guidance of Tim Price, the brother of local golfing legend Nick Price.
On Saturday the crowds were out in force to support Da Silva and he delivered the goods.
“Winning here would mean a lot for me. I spent a lot of time here when I was young and this was my home club. It’s very nice to have that support and it pushes you to make things happen. Guys like golf here and it’s great to see so many people,” he said.
Dean Burmester grew up in Zimbabwe and he also had plenty of support during the third round. The two-time Sunshine Tour champ shot a level-par 72 to remain within sight of the lead. He heads into the final round on 11-under-par and tied for second place.
“I’m three back and in with a shout. You never know what will happen in this game, so we’ll have to wait and see what tomorrow holds. The morale from the people coming out to support this week is fantastic. Thousands of people come out in the weekend and it’s really nice to have a crowd behind you,” he said.
Joining the tie for second was defending champion Jbe’ Kruger, who struggled to get going and shot a one-over-par 73. He’ll be keen to make amends during the final round.
Jacques Blaauw and JC Ritchie shared fourth place and both players had an outside chance to clinch the title from their position of 10-under-par, while Erik van Rooyen carded 67 to take up sole sixth on nine-under.