He made four birdies and an eagle in his first round, but Haydn Porteous was better pleased with his four birdies in the second round of the finale of the Chase to the Investec Cup at Millvale Private Retreat.
That’s because he made three bogeys during that opening salvo, and he didn’t drop a single shot at all during the second round for the top 16 players who are duelling for their share of the R10-million Investec Cup Bonus Pool after earning their places by gaining enough points during the Sunshine Tour tournaments since the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open last April.
“To have a bogey-free round and four birdies around Millvale is quite something,” said Porteous. “I just tried to hit lots of fairways and lots of greens and I didn’t make as much as I would have liked to but you know I still have a 68 and hopefully for the next two rounds I can do the same.”
The Joburg Open champion was just two shots adrift of leader Dean Burmester, who was on nine-under at the halfway stage, and BMW South African Open champion Brandon Stone was in second on eight-under.
“I would say I made a couple of silly errors on the first day,” said Porteous. “On nine I hit it over the green and to hit it long there is just not the place to miss it. In the second round I just thought middle of the green is all I needed to do and hopefully I could make a few putts.
“I made three birdies on the par-fives. I think the par-fives around here are key. You don’t really have that many birdie opportunities and par-fives are usually your best opportunities. So I wouldn’t say there was much difference between the first two rounds, but I think I just cleaned it up a little bit and hit a few more greens.”
The situation after 36 holes has left three of the most exciting players on the Sunshine Tour in contention, and their duel down the stretch could be intriguing. “Let’s hope that the rain stays away for the next couple of days and hopefully you guys will see some good golf,” said Porteous.