Reggie Adams roared through the back nine in 30 strokes to finish first at the Nedbank Affinity Cup pre-qualifying round, and looked ready for the R600,000 event starting Tuesday at Lost City Golf Club.
He has taken four top-10 finishes on the Sunshine Tour, and displayed his skill when he shot 68 to finish four-under-par – one stoke clear of runner-up Steven Ferreira.
Adams struggled to get the day started after a birdie at the first was cancelled out by a bogey at the second. He stumbled just before the turn and carded bogeys at the eighth and ninth to turn at two-over.
But that slip sparked a fire in the 26-year-old, who leaped back to level par with a pair of birdies at the 12th and 13th. He birdied at the par-three 15th, and again at the par-four 17th and moved to two-under.
The highlight came when he closed his round the way every golfer would like to Â he eagled the par-five 18th and finished at four-under-par.
Ferreira finished a stroke back after signing for a solid three-under-par 69.
The 22-year-old has recorded two top-10 results in just 29 starts. Only a fortnight ago he closed the BMG Classic tied sixth and has shown solid form ahead of this weekÂs Sun City event.
The Nedbank Affinity Cup was not played last year, but in 2009 Jake Roos beat Albert Pistorius and Mark Murless in a playoff after the trio finished at 12-under-par.
Roos knows the course well and in 2009 backed up a second-round 66 with a third-round 67 before taking the winnerÂs share. He can be expected to contest at the top this week.
Adams has limped through the last few months, but one would not have guessed it from his Monday back nine.