Gert booms back into Cape Town Open

Gert Myburgh made a rocky 78 during round one of the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open, but on Saturday he went 12 shots better than that first round, carding 66 to share fourth early in the day.


“I was very focused from the start. After that 78 in the first round I wanted to bring it back. Today I was just in the zone and I’m very happy that I turned it around. I needed this!” he said.


The determined rookie clawed his way back into the tournament with a Friday 68, making it the weekend on the cut line of two-over.


Myburgh was the first player off on Saturday morning and was greeted by prime conditions at Royal Cape Golf Club. With a birdie at the first he set out to climb the leaderboard and reached the turn in 35.


“Yesterday I was driven to play well, because I haven’t been playing too well this year and I don’t have too many chances left. Making it through the cut and then going low today means a lot for my experience and I feel confident now,” he said.


On the back nine he came alive and followed a birdie at the 10th with an eagle at the 11th. He was striking it too well not to score, and further birdies at the 16th and 18th pushed the 25-year-old up to an early share of fourth.


“My highlight was the eagle on the 11th. I hit driver to the middle of the fairway and then rescue to 20 feet, then I sank the putt,” he said.


Like so many rookies, Myburgh has battled through his maiden year. He wants to end the year on a high note and Cape Town is the place for him to do it.


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