Rhys roars at Cape Town Open

“When you start minus five through six it always helps,” Rhys West said after his blazing second round of 65 at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open on Friday.


The 26-year-old leapt into a share of second place on eight-under-par for the tournament after his Friday heroics helped him to rise 34 places on the leaderboard.


“It was fun today and our whole three-ball played well. It was nice to see good shots the whole round and we egged each other on. The course is playing really well, as long as you make fairways and give yourself the opportunities,” he said.


The Johannesburger began on the 10th and quickly found his rhythm with the flat stick. It didn’t take long for him to rise into contention and from there it was shot-for-shot grind for him.


“There was no wind and you really needed to capitalise on a day like this. I managed to play well and it all worked out,” he said.


Just when he seemed to have cooled off a birdie at the fifth, which was his 14th hole of the day, led to a resurgence from the former South African boys under 19 championship winner.


He went on to birdie the seventh and then the ninth to shoot the low round of the tournament. He heads into the weekend one shot off the lead of Port Elizabeth’s Titch Moore.


“I’ll just play my game tomorrow,” said West. “This is Cape Town and we never know what the weather will do, but I’ve played here a couple of times through junior golf. I really enjoy Cape Town – as long as the wind doesn’t blow it’s the place to be.”


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