11th February 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Calderon’s short game on song at PGA Champs
Matias Calderon’s short game proved to be the catalyst as he stormed to second on the leaderboard at the Eye of Africa PGA Champions after shooting a three-under 69 third round to total 10-under for the week.
Six shots behind Combrinck Smit who seems unstoppable at the Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate, Calderon’s round was solid, with three birdies on the front nine plus an unwanted bogey on the par-three ninth. Another dropped shot on 12 and two birdies followed on the homeward stretch but it was the up-and-downs he made from then on which kept his round alive on Saturday.
“My short game was really on fire yesterday,” Calderon said on Sunday after finishing his rain-affected third round, “but at one point, I felt like I lost my tempo, probably because I got a little tired and I started missing every single green out there, and made some really good up-and-downs. So, those were really good for me.”
Calderon, despite all the delays experienced here due to dangerous weather conditions, was solid all week, with rounds of 69-68 and 69.
“It’s been a really good week, kind of long with the delays,” Calderon noted. “We’ve had delays everyday here and having to come back yesterday in the morning and today in the morning, it’s been a long week. But, I am pretty happy with the way I have been playing.”
He credits his showing here to a lot of hard work and the competitive golf he had been playing while many were on holiday.
“I went back home (in the off-season),” he revealed. “I have been actually working very hard, played a few tournaments there which are good fields this time of the year because all the guys that are playing on the European Tour or Web.com go down there. So, it’s always fun to play with them. I have played a lot of golf, so it was not just a vacation.”
He added: “It’s exciting to be up there. It’s nice to be up there because I have not been up there in a while and so it’s good to come to South Africa and play well.”