Keith Horne knows he is within striking distance of the lead going into the third round of the Investec Cup tournament at the Lost City at Sun City after his second round 68 took him into a share of third.
He starts Saturday’s round three shots off George Coetzee’s nine-under-par lead, knowing there’s a lot of golf still to play.
“I’m very happy,” said Horne, “and a couple of good rounds at Lost City, I’ll be right there. It depends on how the Lost City is playing, and how it’s set up. There’s a lot of rain damage, so we’ll have to see how it plays.”
Horne’s happy to be mounting his challenge on the Lost City course. “I play well there, so I’m looking forward to playing there,” he said.
He’s also one of the many players who are real fans of the concept of the Chase to the Investec Cup, which is a year-long quest for points in all the regular-season Sunshine Tour events in the Chase to the Investec Cup, beginning with the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open last April and ending at the Tshwane Open.
“The whole concept is just phenomenal,” he said. “I think it’s just going to go from strength to strength. Just look at the overseas contingent and it’s only our second year. I think they’re going to give the event great reports, and the money that we’re playing for is going to draw a lot more overseas players.”
After the success of the inaugural event, there is the R10-million Bonus Pool for the Chase to the Investec Cup to be shared by the 30 players who topped the points table – a sum of money that can cause even the most grizzled veteran feel nervous.
“I don’t think about it,” Horne said. “I’m a long way back. I think if I was maybe a little closer – in the top 10 or something like that – I’d be a little more conscious of the pressure. Now I’m just trying to win so I can maybe sneak into the top five or something like that.”