Coetzee climbing into the big league

On Sunday Francois Coetzee will get his first taste of contention in a big event when he tees off within three shots of the lead at the Dimension Data Pro-Am.


“I’m still quite new, so this is my first time in contention at such a big event. These courses are brilliant, the greens are in great condition and if you play well you can score well,” he said.


The 23-year-old graduated from the Sunshine Big Easy Tour last year after finishing tied second at the Tour Championship in October. He clocked up four top-10s on the development tour prior to his success at the season finale.


“The Big Easy has taught me a lot about tournament golf. There are holes that you can attack and there are holes that you have to play without risk. I’ve been in contention on the Big Easy Tour, and I think that will help to stay focused,” he said.


On Saturday at The Links, Fancourt he shot four-under-par 69 to bring his 54-hole tally to 11-under, which was three shots less than leader Adilson Da Silva.


“I just have to try to keep doing what I have been doing,” said Da Silva. “I feel like I’m playing well, so I’m confident, and tomorrow I’ll try not to get ahead of myself and play each shot at a time.”


For Coetzee the opportunity to compete at a R3,75-milllion summer tournament is huge, and he’ll look to the final round at Montagu as a learning experience.


“I’m just going to go out and keep to my game plan. I like Montagu, it suits my game, so hopefully I can score well there again. It’s been good so far, so let’s hope for another good one tomorrow,” he said.


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