When Jacques Kruyswijk told himself at the beginning of the second round of the R1.5-million Zambia Sugar Open at Lusaka Golf Club on Friday that he didn’t want to drop any shots, he had no idea he was about to produce the best round of his professional career.
Kruyswijk blitzed the 6,608-metre par-73 course in the Zambian capital in an extraordinary 11-under-par 62 to move to 12-under for the tournament at the halfway mark, one off the pace set by Vaughn Groenewald, and, extraordinarily, another man who shot a 62, Andrew Georgiou.
“It just feels great to have a bogey-free round,” said Kruyswijk. “I told myself at the start of the day that I was playing nicely and I wanted to keep going, and I really did not want to make a drop, because I didn’t want to lose even a little bit of momentum.”
With two eagles on his card – the first nice and early on, at the second hole, to kick-start his charge, and the second at the 13th – keeping those bogeys out of play was always going to give him a good score. “I made couple of very good putts, and some good up-and-downs today, and I felt very solid with my driver off the tee,” he said. “I was in the zone – absolutely. Even if I got into a little bit of trouble, I managed to up-and-down and I managed to make a couple of very nice clutch par putts.”
His previous best professional round came in last year’s Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open in Kitwe, when he opened with a seven-under-par 65, and he’s coming off another solid performance in the copper belt town. He finished in a share of 22nd there, and is clearly picking up momentum.
He’s smart enough to know there is plenty of work to be done, but he goes into the weekend as handily placed as he ever has been, and in the knowledge that it takes just one good round to burst clear of the pack. “Everything went right today. It was a fun round. I’m pretty shell-shocked, but I’m very happy,” he said.