The wind picked up throughout the afternoon at Glendower Golf Club, but PH McIntyre rode the gusts and carded 69, the best afternoon score for round one of the BMG Classic.
ÂYouÂve got to be patient. The wind is all over the place today, and with all of that swirling you have to think well and take more time. If you can do that then things will happen,Â he said.
The Heidelberg local was happy to take three-under, despite being for strokes shy of morning starter Jake Redman. Due for an early start tomorrow, McIntyre looked forward to his chance at a wind-free Glendower.
ÂThe course is very beautiful, the greens are running nicely and IÂve been waiting for a good one,Â said McIntyre. ÂIÂve seen the low scores from this morning and I think itÂs going to be fun. Tomorrow morning weÂve got a bit of an advantage and IÂm in a good position.Â
The 26-year-old has been building towards a good result of late, making cuts at all four of his last tournaments. With the memory of his tied-16th finish at the BMG Classic last year, heÂs keen to start the summer swing with a bang.
Unlike many of his counterparts, McIntyre managed to keep numbers off his card. In fact, he only had two drops on the card, which came at the seventh and 10th.
He peppered his card with five birdies during the day to share ninth after round one at the R600,000 tournament. HeÂll tee off at 6.00 am tomorrow, knowing full-well that the low scores have come from the morning field.
ÂIÂm feeling good and IÂve worked hard, which starting to pay off a little bit. Ja, IÂm feeling good. This is definitely a good way to go into summer. I want to build some confidence and then go from there,Â he said.
Redman made seven birdies and an eagle on his way to seven-under-par, which put him one clear of the field. The 25-year-old revealed a few tricks to success at Glendower, and said: ÂItÂs a fairly long course, and itÂs a really good course. You have to keep your ball below the hole on the greens and find fairways. If you set yourself up from the fairway on this golf course you can make a lot of birdies.Â
Jaco Ahlers finished the first round in sole second at six-under-par. He was followed by Andre Cruse, Desvonde Botes and Micky Hough, who shared third on five-under.