20th April 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Davidse starts Zimbabwe where he left off in Joburg
Keenan Davidse continued his fine recent form on the Sunshine Tour when he shot a superb five-under-par 67 opening round on Thursday at the 2017 Zimbabwe Open at Royal Harare Golf Club.
Three birdies on the front nine and another three on the back flanked a single bogey on 10 and marked the play of a man on a mission. He finished in the top 20 eight times last season, crowning that with a share of seventh in the Joburg Open
“I’m feeling really confident,” Davidse said after his round in Harare. “I don’t want to say too much about today’s round because anything can happen still. But I am quite excited for this week and feeling strong.”
He says his finish last season combined with the fact that he is a father now has given him the space to begin to realise his potential. “What’s the worst that can happen after a bad round of golf? I get on the phone and speak to my wife and kid and everything is fine,” he said of his family’s impact on the way he has been playing of late.
In addition to that kind of peace of mind, Davidse took his A-game to the Royal Harare course and looked a serious threat after the first round. “My iron play was great today. I mean, I wasn’t hitting it bad off the tee but my iron play was good,” he said. “And if had to make a putt, I made the putt, so that was it.”
And much of the putting success could be ascribed to the Royal Harare greens. “Words can’t describe how good these greens are. They are close up there to Glendower and Leopard Creek,” he said. “These greens are so fast you just roll it and it gets there.”
Davidse has not played the Zimbabwe Open since 2012 where he tied at 67th. “I played here four years ago. I had a very bad experience; I picked up food poisoning. I told my wife – she was my girlfriend then – I was never coming back here again,” he recalls.” But I got a beautiful boy and that just gave me confidence to come back.”
That confidence got him his biggest ever pay-out from a tournament. Now he’s chasing that elusive maiden professional victory.