Steven Ferreira eliminated all elements of risk from his game on Friday to card a five-under-par 67 to move into a three way share of the lead ahead of the cut in the R1.8-million Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open at the Royal Harare Golf Club.
He joined first-round leader Le Roux Ferreira and Warren Abery at eight-under-par, one stroke clear of Jacques Blaauw and Louis de Jager, with a group of five players on six-under, including the leading Zimbabwean player Tongo Charamba.
“I took risk completely out of the equation today,” said Steven Ferreira. “I just don’t think it’s worth it. I’d rather just keep it on the fairway.”
It paid off in spades in his second round as he didn’t make a single bogey in his round picking up his five birdies at regular intervals after his first on the opening hole.
The good score is vindication for the work – or rather the lack of work – Ferreira has been doing on his swing recently. “I’ve been battling with my swing lately,” he said. “I’ve been too technical, so I’ve been trying to be more free. I’m still working with my same coach, but I haven’t seen my swing in about two months and it seems to be paying off.”
The approach brought him his first tournament finish last week with his 52nd place in the Telkom Business PGA Championship, and now he is assured of another cheque this weekend as he is in strong contention.
Le Roux Ferreira felt he played better in his second round of 71 than he did in his opening seven-under 65 and is content to be so high up on the leaderboard. “I hit 16 greens today while I hit 14 yesterday, so all in all it was a stress-free round,” he said. “Putting just became a little more difficult today with the knowledge that I was in the lead.”
Abery made a single birdie and an eagle in an error-free round, and, like the Ferreiras, he was content to play the patient waiting game and take chances only when they presented themselves. “It’s just a matter of hitting the greens and every putt feels like it’s got a chance to go in,” he said.