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8th December 2018 | Sunshine Tour

Muthiya is ‘in a good place mentally’

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Madalitso Muthiya lies in second spot ahead of the weekend’s play in the South African Open championship hoisted by City of Joburg at Randpark Golf Club, and he is in a good mental space as he tries to chase down the title in the world’s second-oldest championship.

The Zambian, who has won once on the Sunshine Tour, posted a good three-under-par 68 for the second round and maintained the second spot he has occupied since the opening round.

“I am pleased with where I am,” he said. “I think I have taken the right steps to play good golf and the next thing for me is to play good golf again. I think everything else will just take care of itself. Obviously, it is very hard to block pressure off, it is going to be there. But I think I am in a good place mentally to go out there and try to play good golf.”

The 35-year-old navigated the Firethorn course in the second round well. He made his first bogey on the eight, but he pulled that back immediately with a birdie on nine. He also made a double on 13, but he followed that blemish with three consecutive birdies.

“I started off quite solid,” he said about his front nine. “I made three good pars on the first three holes. I think number two was incredibly tough, but I hit two great shots there and I birdied number four. I made a drop shot on eight to go even-par. Then I almost holed out on my second shot on nine to finish one-under there. I made a long putt on the 12th and made double on 13th. So, that was a little bit of a blemish there and then I fired three birdies in a row.

“I was pleased that I managed to bounce back after the blemish. I am very happy that I was able to hang in there and not let that distract me in terms of finishing off the round,” he said.

The first two rounds were played over Bushwillow and Firethorn with the last two rounds set for Firethorn.

“The courses are totally two different golf courses, but I think they played equally tough,” he said. “The only advantage on Bushwillow course is that the par-fives were mostly downwind so you can actually get to them quite easily and then there are few par-fours where it was playing shorter so you could have a lot of wedges in there. But we still had to play good and obviously, put it in position and make the putts.”

With a solid performance on Firethorn already under his belt, Muthiya has reason to feel confident ahead of the weekend.

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