Michael Hollick made six one-putts over his first nine at Lost City Golf Club on Tuesday. Two days earlier he made six consecutive one-putts to finish sole second at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open. That's 12 one-putts over 18 successive tournament holes. With a flat stick as hot as the temperature at Sun City, he’s looking good for big result.
“You’ve got to ride that wave of confidence when it’s with you. When your mind is at ease you definitely putt better. You think about it less, pick your spots and just hit them,” he said.
The Mount Edgecombe professional ranks 48th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and took steps towards further success with his Tuesday round at Sun City.
“I teed off on 10 and felt really relaxed after last week,” he said. “I shot 30 on the front nine and one-putted six times. It’s the name of the game, putting is where it counts.”
Jacques Blaauw, Botswana’s Stuart Smith, and England’s Steve Surry set the first round lead on eight-under-par. Hollick signed for 65 to trail by one shot.
The 26-year-old is ready to continue scoring with the putter when his second round commences on Wednesday afternoon.
“I want to keep this momentum going. You don’t know when it will stop, but you try to keep those thoughts out of your mind. If I can continue to stay relaxed it will help me to get the results I want,” he said.