As Jaco van Zyl tees off in the final round of the Dimension Data Pro-Am, he knows victory in the R3.75-million event at Fancourt Golf and Country Estate will vault him over Charl Schwarztel in the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
He shared the third-round lead with Hennie Otto, and a win would give him a cheque for R594,375 Â enough to take his winnings for the year so far to R1,954,104, and within striking distance of Darren Fichardt, the man who beat him in last weekÂs Africa Open in East London.
The players have completed a round on each of the Outeniqua, Montagu and The Links at Fancourt, and the final round will be played over the Montagu course.
Van Zyl carded a two-under-par 70 in the third round on Montagu, so he will be going into his second consecutive day on the 6,714-metre layout.
ÂWhen I saw the draw, I thought that was great,Â he said, Âbecause with it being over three courses, youÂve got to get used to three differing course conditions. After I played at The Links in my second round, it was really hard to try and get the pace of the greens at Montagu. So coming out here in the final round, IÂll definitely have a good idea what to expect.
ÂItÂs most probably one of the fairest golf courses,Â he said. ÂIf you play well, youÂll get a good result out of it and if youÂre not playing so nicely, itÂs definitely the sort of course that will bite you.Â
And he will want to put his closing one-over-par finish in the Africa Open out of his mind as he hunts another Sunshine Tour title.