“My dad has started caddying for me and we’re gearing up European Tour School, so it’s nice to have him on my bag for a special round like this. It happened recently that he was able to take some time off and help me. It’s nice having him around, because he has good competitive spirit and says the right things at the right time,” he said.
The 26-year-old has been the standout player on the Sunshine Tour this season and leads the Chase to the Investec Cup.
He has three wins under his belt this year and began to contend for a fourth title by reaching eight-under-par on day one at Koro Creek.
“I putted nicely today and anytime you do that you’ll score well. It’s dry here and there hasn’t been much rain, so hitting fairways is important. My length off the tee helps, but my short game was on point as well, so I’m happy,” he said.
“It was good today. I started on 10 and had a solid couple of pars to get going. I made eagle on the par-five 14th and that got me going, but the wind picked up from there. Luckily I was playing most of the holes downwind, so it was quite nice to be able to dial in on the second nine,” he added.
Following him into the clubhouse were Vaughn Groenewald, Louis de Jager and Coert Groenewald, who all shared second place on six-under. PH McIntyre took up fifth place on five-under.