Keenan Davidse had a share of 13th in last yearÂs Telkom PGA Championship and he started this yearÂs 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 EnglandÂs Steve Surry, one stroke ahead of Johan Bekker, Charl Coetzee, Christiaan Basson and Jean Hugo.
ÂIt feels like itÂs still last year, like weÂre just carrying on from there,Â said Davidse. ÂIÂm playing the course the same, hitting the same clubs off the tee and enjoying myself out there.Â
His opening 66 on the 6,900-metre Woodmead layout at Country Club Johannesburg matched his second-round performance for last year and he didnÂt have a single bogey on his card.
ÂIÂve been working hard on my game and waiting for the breakthrough to come,Â he said. ÂIÂm playing well and just keeping it in play and making some putts.Â
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. ÂThere are good memories here,Â he said.Â I like the course Â it suits my cut Â and IÂm feeling comfortable. IÂm not putting any pressure on myself, IÂm just playing the game and enjoying it.Â
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: ÂIt looks like it will be a good week this week,Â he said.