Adilson Da Silva’s second win of 2013 came at the Sun City Challenge. The Brazilian has 12 Sunshine Tour wins to his name and has consistently won on tour since 2009. In the buildup to the Sun City Challenge he has produced three top 10s from his last three starts and this week he has a specific goal in mind – a successful title defence at the Lost City Golf Course.
“I really like playing here and there are lots of good memories. We played the back nine today and the front nine yesterday, and I just like the layout here. The course should harden up a bit more and the greens are playing good, so I’m pretty optimistic,” he said.
Da Silva’s accuracy is the secret to his success and keeping it in play is crucial around the 6,387-metre Lost City track. The course has been prepared well and fairways are looking lush, yet the winter conditions mean that the ball will run. That suits the short-game specialist, who’ll have easier approach shots into the greens and better chances to make birdie.
“It makes me more confident to get some run. I can get into most of the par fives in two shots, so it helps a lot. I’m hitting the ball well and I feel good about this week, I feel like I can win it,” he said.
The 2012 Brazilian Sportsman of the Year has missed one cut in 2014 and ranks 22nd on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit. His year has been solid, but contains no victories, which he’ll look to remedy from the first round on Wednesday.
“I’ll be happy at about four-under per day. But these youngsters are playing well, so anyone can come out of the pack and take it. This week I’ve got to get the putts going, simple as that,” he said.
A pre-qualifier played out on Tuesday and offered up the final 15 spots into the R600,000 tournament and Madalitso Muthiya led the day with an impressive five-under-par 67. The Zambian was one of only nine players to break par and finished the 18-hole contest two strokes clear of Maritz Wessels, Wynand Dingle and Derick Petersen.