Mark zones in on Cape Town

Mark Williams found his groove in windy conditions for a first-round 66 at Royal Cape Golf Club, which earned him an early three-stroke lead during round one of the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open.

“It was a great round, because it’s not easy out there today. It was a bit automatic today. When you’re in the zone and playing nicely things just keep going well,” he said.

The 28-year-old got the R2-million tournament underway with an impressive nine birdies on immaculate greens. He finished the day at six-under, three shots clear of Toto Thimba, Colin Nel, Alan McLean and Andre Cruse.

“That’s one thing I did today,” said Williams. “Every time I made a mistake I managed to bounce back with a birdie and that always keeps your round going. It feels like you’re going lower and lower.”

The Modderfontein Golf Club professional took victory at the Big Easy Tour Championship in September, but has struggled to carry that success to the main tour.

“It would be nice to do something on the main tour. I haven’t been playing that well since the win, but it’s getting there. It’s been a work in progress, and I’d like to come out and continue playing nicely and putting some scores on the board this week,” he said.

An all-round solid game meant that Williams executed his game plan to the last detail, giving himself the opportunity to score well.

“I hit the driver really good, two-iron straight, so I kept the ball in play and that’s the most important thing. The greens are rolling superb and the course is set up nicely, so there are a lot of fair chances. If you don’t hit it great you’re not going to score well,” he said.

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