He fired an opening six-under-par 66 back in December, 2001, and Omar Sandys nearly repeated his feat with his five-under-par 67 in the first round of the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open this year.
In 2001, Ernie Els carded a final-round 65 to win the tournament by one stroke from Martin Maritz, Trevor Immelman, Alan McLean and Retief Goosen. Sandys finished sixth with Bradford Vaughan.
And Sandys, a devout man, is trusting that his 67 at Royal Cape this year is a sign of things to come for the rest of the tournament.
“Good memories always come back,” he said, “and when I walked down the ninth – my finishing hole in the first round – I was telling myself, ‘Omar, you’re on the leaderboard again. It’s something good that’s happening again.’
“I’m so happy where I am at the moment, and I’m looking forward to the other three days of this tournament. Getting this score means I can just keep calm. The most important part of my life at the moment is to try and stay as comfortable as possible, in the present – and that’s why everything went the way it did in the first round,” he said.
In 2001, his next three rounds were 70-69-71. He’ll be hoping for just a little better in 2013.