12th November 2017 | Sunshine Tour
No ‘forecasting’ for Porteous at NGC
Haydn Porteous said he will not be forecasting what might happen in the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club where he finds himself in contention in his maiden start at Africa’s Major.
Haydn is three-under-par and five shots behind the leading Scott Jamieson, after shooting a third-round score of five-under 67 on Saturday. And, after solid three rounds in a tournament that no South African player has won since Trevor Immelman’s victory in 2007, the 2016 Joburg Open champion’s strategy has been a simple one.
“This week, it was a plan of mine to not forecast and just really stay in the moment,” Porteous said. “That’s the plan for tomorrow. Just the same strategy as the last few months. Just expect nothing and take everything. One shot at a time.”
And, that strategy seems to be working this week and his 12 birdies and two eagles in the first two rounds of this US$7.5-million tournament prove it.
“Yeah, I have been playing some decent golf for the last couple of weeks. I feel like my game is coming along nicely. I think the last couple of weeks I’ve started off quite strong and I think maybe started forecasting a little bit too much. I feel I have one round to go unscathed and let’s just hope for the best.”
He, like many South African golfers, grew up watching this tournament, and now with first-hand experience of how tough it can get out there, especially when the wind starts swirling.
“When the wind blows around here, and especially with the gusts and swirling around in the trees, it’s tough to pick and line and trust it,” he noted.
Currently ranked 65th on the Race to Dubai, Haydn knows another solid round in Sun City might just earn him his way into next week’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. That’s a prospect he said was his priority this week.
“That was number one goal for the season,” he said, “to get into that top 60, and if I can post another decent one, that will get me into it. But again, just better stop forecasting and live every moment that goes by.”
Regardless of how he finishes though, Haydn’s debut in this penultimate event on the European Tour is one of the most impressive by any debutant to date.