Allister de Kock had had enough of his job, and left in the hopes of making it as a professional golfer and on Friday that decision was vindicated when he looked set to make the cut at the Telkom PGA Championship.
ÂI quit my job to do this Â itÂs my dream. I was a setter at an engineering company in Uitenhage, but I was never happy to go to work. I use to wake up every morning and go to a place I didnÂt want to, and thatÂs why I quit my job. Now IÂm here, where I belong,Â said the 28-year-old rookie.
And he proved that he belonged on Friday when he shot 70 for his third-ever round at the Woodmead course of Country Club Johannesburg, finishing at one-under 143, before a cut was to be made to 65 players and ties.
ÂIf I make the cut here it will be my first cut made, and itÂs in my first tournament. I am over the moon! I donÂt know what else to say,Â he added.
De Kock began his round on the back nine and a birdie at the 10th marked a speedy start. He maintained the pace with birdies at the 13th, 16th and 17th to turn in 32 strokes and headed for his second nine at three-under for the tournament.
ÂI was just trying to make pars today, but the birdies were there. I just tried to make the putts and next thing I was four-under. It was unbelievable Â I was trying to stay calm and keep my head, because I knew my second nine would be tougher,Â said the Uitenhage Golf Club professional.
De Kock struggled during the first round and headed into the clubhouse at one-over, but the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School graduate upped his game during his second 18. ÂI made two drops, but IÂm happy with two-under for today,Â he said.
He has relished the chance to play alongside Sunshine Tour stalwarts and was glad to be in contention. ÂNormally I would watch these guys on TV, but today IÂm playing with them. IÂm really happy just to be in the field,Â he said.