Allister living his dream at Telkom PGA Championship

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.

“I quit my job to do this – it’s 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 didn’t want to, and that’s why I quit my job. Now I’m here, where I belong,” 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.

“If I make the cut here it will be my first cut made, and it’s in my first tournament. I am over the moon! I don’t know what else to say,” 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.

“I 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 – I was trying to stay calm and keep my head, because I knew my second nine would be tougher,” 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. “I made two drops, but I’m happy with two-under for today,” he said.

He has relished the chance to play alongside Sunshine Tour stalwarts and was glad to be in contention. “Normally I would watch these guys on TV, but today I’m playing with them. I’m really happy just to be in the field,” he said.

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