“I was playing very well. The real key today was that I was putting very well, and I’m feeling strong because I’ve been playing good golf recently,” he said.
The 24-year-old made six birdies and an eagle during the first round of the 36-hole tournament , which earned him a share of the early lead alongside Anton Haig and Attie Schwartzel.
“After my time in contention at Big Easy Observatory and Centurion, I feel confident and I’m ready to play some attacking golf and try to win one,” he smiled.
Modderfontein Golf Club has trained the young gun and he is prepared to go for a win. He is certainly due, having only improved through his rookie season.
Haig is a former European Tour champion and is busy rebuilding between the Big Easy and Asian Tours. He’s been working hard on his fitness and is ready for a crack at victory.
“I have been working hard with my coach at Serengeti Golf Estate, and strengthening my body has been a big thing for me. I felt like I could get behind my shots today, and that paid dividends,” he said.
Schwartzel is no slouch either, and has seven top-10s on the Big Easy Tour to show for it. Last year at Kempton Park he shot rounds of 67 & 68 to finish tied for third on nine-under-par.
“It’s always nice to shoot a low score, and we’ll just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings. Hopefully I can do the same again in the morning,” he added.