Jared Harvey burst into contention with an eagle at the 16th and a birdie at the 17th of Wild Coast Sun Country Club on Thursday. He wrapped up the round in 64 strokes to share the early lead during round two of the Wild Waves Golf Challenge.
“I’ve been driving it incredibly well at the moment and I took an aggressive line on the 16th. I played a safe approach to the middle of the green and then holed a big putt there for eagle, which was certainly a cherry on top. On 17 I hit a quality seven-iron to about four foot and made a good birdie for a solid finish to the round,” he said.
It was sunny and calm on the Wild Coast on Thursday and Harvey took advantage of the benign conditions. The Durbanite took on the 5807-metre track and was rewarded with a 36-hole total of seven-under-par, which set him into a clubhouse share of first place alongside Ulrich van den Berg.
“We’ve heard that there will be strong winds tomorrow, so I made the adjustment to go for broke,” said Harvey. “I took a positive and aggressive mental attitude today, which paid off nicely. I don’t think I’ve missed a fairway in two rounds and that really helps to keep the momentum going.”
“It’s definitely a home feel being here. I’m drawing on that and hopefully we can go one better tomorrow. I’ve been thereabouts a lot this year and I’ll continue to put myself in these positions. Hopefully one will come off eventually!” he said.
Van den Berg has taken five consecutive top-five results on the Sunshine Tour and looked set for another big cheque this week after he carded a Thursday 65 to share the lead.
“My goal is not to win, but to be a successful professional. Winning is a bonus and we all enjoy it, but I aim to have a chance each week and to contend at as many tournaments as possible,” he said.
The seven-time Sunshine Tour champ was pleased to score well in mild conditions.
“It looked like it would blow this morning, but then the wind disappeared and it turned into a beautiful day for golf. I got off to a good start and built my round from there,” he said.