10th February 2018 | Sunshine Tour
De Jager flawless in 36-holes at PGA Champs
Louis de Jager’s first 36-holes of the Eye of Africa PGA Championship were something to marvel at as the 30-year old went around the Greg Norman-designed course without a single bogey to get to nine-under going into the third round.
Despite that effort, De Jager felt that luck was on his side when he shot a three-under 69 second round to move to a share of second with veteran Hennie Otto and England’s Toby Tree.
“I am very pleased, you know,” said De Jager after round two. “It’s nice, 36 holes without a bogey. I played really solidly. Today, I was a bit lucky, but sometimes you need that luck to be on top of the leaderboard there. But, I will definitely sort out a bit of my driver and I will be ready for tomorrow again.”
While his first and second rounds placed him in a solid position to challenge for the title on the weekend, the Duiwelskloof native conceded that the going got a bit tough for him in the first few holes in day two.
“It was mostly my rhythm that changed from round one,” De Jager explained his struggles. “If I get a bit quick, then I always have a miss and I could feel I was a bit quick at the start of the round. I got it going nicely in the middle of the round with some really good drives. So, I just have to go work a bit on my sequence afterwards and tomorrow it will be back to normal again.”
He admitted to having losing concentration in those first few holes but was, nevertheless, happy with how he recovered to secure a spot for himself among the leaders going into the weekend.
“I lost a bit of concentration but you know, I did enough just to hang in there and finish with a birdie on the second last hole. I’m really pleased with today’s round,” he added, “I am definitely going to be in the hunt tomorrow. All the aspects of my game feel really good, so I am looking forward to the weekend. It’s going to be a fun weekend.”
Currently trailing the leading Combrinck Smit by two shots, the three-time Sunshine Tour winner knows all is not lost, and with 36 more holes to play, a performance similar to the first two rounds might just deliver him his fourth title on Tour.