While veterans Hennie Otto and Ulrich van den Berg battled it out at the BMG Classic, rookie CJ du Plessis quietly held on to a share of fourth before dangerous weather forced a suspension in play at 14h30 at Glendower Golf Course.
“I’m not worried about the leaderboard,” said du Plessis. “It just feels good to play the golf I’m supposed to be playing.”
The 22-year-old headed into the tournament on the the back of a tied-10th result at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final a week ago.
He carded an impressive 67 for the first round, taking advantage of the prime scoring conditions offered up by the receptive greens of Glendower.
On Saturday the course showed its teeth and with the wind up scoring became tricky. For a newcomer on tour du Plessis handles the tough days well, and the second round was no exception.
“The course is unreal. I try to keep a good mindset, but on tough courses you have to give that extra little bit of concentration and that seems to work for me,” he said.
He stayed patient and relied on sharp iron play to create opportunities. Birdies at the third, fourth, sixth and seventh got the momentum rolling, but a drop at the eighth reminded the young gun to stay patient.
A birdie at the 10th marked a positive start to the back nine for du Plessis, but he was cut down to size yet again by a pair of bogeys at the 13th and 14th.
A final birdie at the 15th settled him into position in sole fourth before the storms rolled in and play was suspended.
“I had a good start this morning and kept it together the whole day, so I’m happy with my position and excited for the final round tomorrow,” he smiled.