4th March 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Gros draws strength from long game at Tshwane
The long game that Frenchman Sebastien Gros has been playing over the last few weeks seemed to be working on his favour as he continued to get good results after the third round of the Tshwane Open, at Pretoria Country Club, on Saturday.
“It’s actually been about four weeks that my long game is very, very good,” Gros said on moving day when he fired five-under-par 66. “I was just kind of struggling a lot on the greens. Today was a good start with the putter and the round was still very good with my long game all day long, so I will just try to focus on still having a good long game and if the putts want to go in, they will.”
He said planning his game well was the reason behind opening his front nine with six consecutive threes. “I thought of just making threes till the end of the front nine. Well, finally I could not do that. Well I saw that because I was working my card, so I could see, three, three, three, three, three, well keep it going,” said the two-time winner on the Alps Tour in Europe.
He sits on a total of eight-under-par for the tournament going to Sunday, six shots off George Coetzee’s lead.
One thing he said was his challenge on the day was gauging the speed on the greens. “I three-putted the 12th being under regulation on this one and I just couldn’t really get a speed. I was not feeling comfortable on the greens at the end. I am just pleased with that even if it could have been way lower,” Gros said.
But there was a positive side for the 28-year-old. “The greens were better than the second round when I was the last off. For sure in the morning they were very good and then they started to be a little bit dryer, a bit harder to get to some of the pins but I think the course is in really good condition this year, like last year so it’s a good pleasure to play here,” he said.