Redman takes aim at Lost City

Jake Redman took an early hold on second place at the Nedbank Affinity Cup after he carded a Wednesday 67 at Lost City Golf Course.


The Fancourt player had a hot day with the putter and produced five birdies and an eagle to reach the 36-hole mark at eight-under-par for the R750,000 tournament.


“I played nicely today and every aspect of my game was on point. I let two shots slip today, but apart from that it was a good one and I’m very pleased with 67,” he said.


It was a calm and sunny day in the North West Province and Redman was able to go low, but he could not match the electric pace of leader Ruan de Smidt, who shot 64 to lead on 12-under-par.


“It was a good day out there and I’m definitely pleased,” De Smidt said. “My brother Darin is on the bag this week. I’ve saved a few shots because of him and he’s helped me a lot with confidence, which is working out so far.”


Redman shot 69 on day one and went two shots better on Wednesday, which made him optimistic about the final round. A big result is on the cards for the 27-year-old, who has posted seven top-25 results this season.


“It’s always satisfying to get better as the tournament goes along. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, because I’m playing nicely. We practice and play to get into contention, so I’m happy to have given myself the chance this week,” he said.


It’s been a superb season for Redman and he ranks a career-high 55th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit. He also got engaged in April this year and the maturity he’s developing is showing on the course.


“We got engaged in April but don’t have a date yet. It’s nice to have everything in place and it makes you work a bit harder. You want to grow your game as the years go on and that’s what I’m working towards,” he said.


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