Keenan carries on where he left off in Telkom PGA Championship

Keenan Davidse had a share of 13th in last year’s Telkom PGA Championship and he started this year’s event as if he means to improve on that performance with his opening six-under-par 66.

That gave him a share of the early lead of the R3.75-million Sunshine Tour tournament with England’s Steve Surry, one stroke ahead of Johan Bekker, Charl Coetzee, Christiaan Basson and Jean Hugo.

“It feels like it’s still last year, like we’re just carrying on from there,” said Davidse. “I’m playing the course the same, hitting the same clubs off the tee and enjoying myself out there.”

His opening 66 on the 6,900-metre Woodmead layout at Country Club Johannesburg matched his second-round performance for last year and he didn’t have a single bogey on his card.

“I’ve been working hard on my game and waiting for the breakthrough to come,” he said. “I’m playing well and just keeping it in play and making some putts.”

Surry made seven birdies in his round, but a dropped shot on the fifth after he had made three consecutive birdies from the second to the fourth. But he kept the errors off his card for the rest of the round.

Behind them, Bekker celebrated the return to the scene of his first pay cheque with his 67. “There are good memories here,” he said.” I like the course – it suits my cut – and I’m feeling comfortable. I’m not putting any pressure on myself, I’m just playing the game and enjoying it.”

But up front, Davidse was looking for an improvement to his 2013 fortunes. He has yet to make a cut on the Sunshine Tour this year, but the 66 bodes well: “It looks like it will be a good week this week,” he said.

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