11th February 2018 | Sunshine Tour
No excuses for Rohwer at PGA Champs
Despite what he says was a disappointing finish to a round he started so well, Martin Rohwer was not going to make any excuses after he carded a two-under-par round three at the Eye of Africa PGA Championship.
Before the round was called to a halt due to dangerous weather, the 24-year old Sunshine Tour rookie was well on his way to claim the second spot on the leaderboard. He was five-under through 13, thanks to the four straight birdies he made before the horn was sounded, and had to return early in the morning to finish up.
Those last five holes proved difficult to manoeuvre as bogeys on the 14th, 16th and 18th took from the gains he’d made the previous day. Rohwer, however, was not going to blame his misfortune on the delays.
“I would say the delay broke a bit of my momentum but that’s no excuse,” he pointed out, “. I’ve had plenty delays before, played with huge breaks and I should be able to kind of forget about it and play. It was tough but I will make no excuses. I am looking forward to this afternoon.”
And while he didn’t finish the round three of this R1.5 million event the way he would have wanted, there is no disputing the fact that Rohwer has been in scintillating form at the Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate. Rounds of 66-71 and 72 gave him a total of nine-under going into the last round and placed him in a share of third, seven shots adrift of the leading Combrinck Smit.
“I’m feeling pretty good about my game,” Rohwer said. “I played well yesterday (before the play was called). Made three bogeys today, which was disappointing, coming back after the delay. But, I don’t know, it looks like I will be about five back which is quite a bit. So, I’ll just have to go out and be more aggressive this afternoon.”
While a seven-shot deficit may seem to be a little too much, if Rohwer can play the type of golf he has played here this week, he might be in with a shot come end of the day.