After carding a second-round 67 at Royal Swazi Golf Club, Andrew Georgiou rejoined the Lombard Insurance Classic lead, and will head into Sunday at 12-under-par and brimming with confidence.
ÂItÂs going to be exciting. It wonÂt be about who can hold on, itÂs going to be about who makes the most birdies and keeps the pedal on the floor. Keep your seatbelts on Â itÂs going to be a good one,Â he said.
Georgiou started on the 10th and played solid golf throughout the day for a five-under-par second round, which drew him level with Justin Harding ahead of the final round on Sunday.
ÂPutts keep falling and I keep hitting good shots. I know IÂm playing well so the confidence is there, and patience is paying off,Â said Georgiou.
His playing partners kept the 26-year-old relaxed as he made his way round the 6140-metre track. And being relaxed help him to keep steady.
ÂI was happy-go-lucky and had fun playing with my amateurs today,Â he said. ÂThey were relaxed and putts were falling, drives were landing on the fairway, so I enjoyed it.
ÂTodayÂs round was a far more consistent round. I hit the ball good from start to finish and shot 34, 33. It was good, consistent golf, so itÂs probably even better than what I did yesterday. The score might not reflect that, but mentally it was a good round.Â
The Somerset West local was keen to take on his neighbour over SundayÂs final 18 and added: ÂI see Justin Harding is up there. WeÂre two Somerset West boys and it will be fun to play with Justin in the final group. WeÂve spoken about it before, and tomorrow we will have our chance.Â
With 11 top-20 finishes on the Sunshine Tour, Georgiou is no stranger to contention and was excited by the prospect of a good result.
ÂLast year I finished 65th on the Order of Merit, and I nearly had exemption for the bigger events. This year IÂve decided to play a few more events and make sure IÂm exempt, so a win here would be fantastic,Â he said.
Jean Hugo produced an eagle and a birdie late in his round to finish just one stroke back from the lead, putting himself into the final match tomorrow. He won the Royal Swazi Open in 2008, so he knows the course and how to do well here, which makes him a danger man tomorrow.
A further stroke back at 10-under-par, Jacques Blaauw will head into the final round in sole fourth, and needs to work hard in order to reign in the front-runners.
He will be joined by Christiaan Basson, who shot a Saturday 67 to reach nine-under-par. Basson won the Investec Royal Swazi Open at this course a month ago, so he clearly likes the track.