He’s endured an awful run, but Daniel Greene put that behind him on Thursday with eight birdies and two bogeys in his opening round of six-under-par 67 in the opening round of the R1.5-million Zambia Sugar Open at the 6,608-metre par-73 Lusaka Golf Club.
That put him in an early three-way share of second behind defending champion Lyle Rowe, who renewed his love affair with the course with a seven-under-par 66 – which included a double bogey.
“It is about time I put a proper round together,” said Greene. “I got off to a really good start. I was four-under through four and then I missed one or two short ones, and three-putted 10 and 11. I just started again and I made a couple of birdies coming in.”
Of the six tournaments – excluding the 30-man Investec Cup – on the 2015 Sunshine Tour season so far, Greene has only made the two most recent cuts. He finished in a share of 52nd in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open and in a share of 46th in the Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open last week in Kitwe. And he also made only five cuts in the 15 tournaments he played in 2014.
“I hit the ball nicely today,” said Greene. “Grant Veenstra helped me on the range yesterday and that seems to have worked today. I’ve been struggling a lot with the swing for the last couple of years now, and Grant seemed to have picked something up which was pretty basic. So if I can just keep on working on that, then I hope I have a good week and that’s the beginning of a good year.
“I was very comfortable with the swing all day today. I think I hit one bad shot, and I suppose you’re going to have one bad shot in a good round,” he added.
Greene has good memories of the course. “I played nicely here in 2012 when Justin Harding won – I think I finished ninth. I just had a bad Sunday, but it suits my eye and I play really nicely round here, I think,” he said.
With him on six-under in that early share of second were Haydn Porteous and Rhys Enoch.