“We’ve been quiet in the middle of the year, but I’m ready to go now and it’s nice to be getting busy just when I’m starting to play well,” he said.
The Sunshine Tour veteran had a clean card until the last hole, where he made an untimely bogey to finish. In spite of the drop he was able to post a good number.
“It was a disappointing back nine. I was a little throw off by the wind and got a little bit cautious. The course didn’t play easy and I’ll happily take four-under for the first day,” he said.
Competition was stiff at Sun City, due to plenty of big-name players returning from the European and Asian Tours. Horne relished the chance to shape up against his rivals.
“Everybody is back again and we’re playing a beautiful golf course. It’s nice and competitive this week with Darren (Fichardt) and Tjaart (van der Walt) back here from Europe,” he said.
This week’s 54-hole event heralds the start of summer on the Sunshine Tour and Horne was happy to get the long stretch started with a round of 68.
“I’m really busy from this week until the end of the year. I’ve got four lying ahead on the Asian Tour and then the Alfred Dunhill Championship. I’m excited to play the big tournaments coming up and it’s an exciting period on the whole,” he said.