“Through the year I’ve been playing decent golf, but it’s now starting to show in my scores. My whole game feels better, but I think it’s the mental side that has really changed. I’m thinking better around the course and managing my game correctly,” he said.
The wind wreaked havoc on most of the field, but Michael kept his cool and reached the clubhouse on an eight-under-par total, tied for the lead with Jean Hugo.
“You have to guess where the breeze is, and commit from there,” said Michael. “When you’re zoned in and hitting the ball nicely it becomes easier to trust your game and swing it freely.”
“I bogeyed the 10th, which was my first hole of the day, but made an eagle at the next and carried that momentum right the way through my round,” he added.
The 30-year-old shot a final-round 64 at Koro Creek Golf Estate a fortnight ago to finish sole fourth at the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung. He carried the good form across to Sun City this week and co-led the R800,000 tournament ahead of the final round.
Meanwhile, Hugo was keen to contend for the title and aimed to lift his third trophy of 2015.
“I played well this morning and maybe got a bit cautious. I’m still happy that I shot 70 today, especially with the wind swirling. I’m in a good space at the moment and looking forward to tomorrow,” said the 18-time Sunshine Tour winner.
Also in with a shout was Justin Harding, who was sole third on seven-under-par.
“It’s nice to be up there and playing again, so hopefully I can post another good number tomorrow and give myself a real chance at the title,” he said.