Desvonde keeps Swazi competitors at bay

Desvonde Botes made 10 points during the third round of the Investec Royal Swazi Sun Open on Friday, retaining the lead by one point as the competition heated up at Royal Swazi Golf Club.

“I’m feeling good. I haven’t been in this position for quite a while, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow to really be in contention again. Today gave me a lot of confidence. I didn’t play that well, but I held it together nicely and made sure I was in the right position for tomorrow,” he said.

The Sunshine Tour veteran stayed cool, keeping bogeys from his card and securing his place atop the leaderboard of the R1-million tournament, one point clear of Christiaan Basson and Danie van Tonder.

“I played nicely,” said Botes. “Not as good as yesterday, but I held it together and made a couple of clutch putts for par. “The game is solid, and it gives me confidence to sink a few putts. I’m getting it off the tee and making a lot of fairways, a lot of greens.”

Van Tonder made an incredible 21 points, vaulting up the leaderboard and into a share of second.
“I was hitting the ball well,” he said. “And chipping well, which is the secret of these greens – chip and putt. It’s completely different being here for the first time – the more birdies the more points. I’ve been attacking the pins quite a lot, I don’t actually lay-up on this course.”

The 21-year-old, who finished tied 29th at the Africa Open in January, enjoyed the round and its outcome. “It would be nice if I could win this. I’m standing with a chance after I came back today. I made one eagle, eight birdies and the rest were pars, so it was a fun day,” he said.

Basson’s consistent style was rewarded on Friday, and his steady 11 points earned him a spot in the last match. “I’m playing solidly – I made a lot of birdies and I was fortunate to play so nicely. I had a bit of a disappointing finish, but I have to look at the overall picture and I shot a good score. It was a good day.

“I had a solid week, and yesterday I had really good day. I’m feeling good – I’m excited to be in this position, because you’re always going to learn when you’re in the final three-ball, no matter how it turns out. Hopefully tomorrow has a positive outcome,” he said.

Botes was keen on victory and had a plan for the final round on Saturday. “We have to take it on in this format. All you can do is hit shot-by-shot as good as you can and hopefully it’s good enough,” he said.

© 2016 Sunshine Tour. All rights reserved. Website constructed by OCS Sport