9th February 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Rohwer credits ‘lucky charm’ Harvey
The Eye of Africa Signature Golf Course allowed for some low scores in the weather-affected first round of the Eye of Africa PGA Championship on Thursday and rookie, Martin Rohwer’s six-under 66 proved to be the second lowest score of the day.
He went around the front nine steadily, making two birdies and no bogey. However, it was on the back nine where he really stamped his authority. After making a par on the turn, Rohwer made birdie on 11 but dropped a shot on the par-three 12th. He recovered with a par on the following hole.
In a bullish show of good form from the 24-year old, four straight birdies from 14th through to 17th made their way onto his card to give him a total of six-under.
“Jared Harvey came to watch us on the 14th hole,” Rohwer revealed, “and as soon as he came, I made four birdies in a row. So, I don’t know, maybe he is my good luck charm. But, I was playing well the whole day, really.”
Rohwer has been steadily improving his game, and Harvey, at the end of Rohwer’s round, revealed how impressed he was with the youngster.
“We have been playing a lot of golf with him down in Durbs,” said Harvey, “and, he has been taking all our money. I think I basically paid for his trip down here.”
Rohwer admits, though, that despite the good score he posted, he had to do a lot of things right on the day. “Look, like I said, I was playing well the whole day,” he said.
“But, I had to stay patient. It’s always good to get off to a good start in any tournament. I played well; I think I made 17 greens and if I can keep at it for the rest of the tournament, I should play well.”
Rohwer’s showing sees him and Louis de Jager tied for second on the leaderboard, two shots behind the leading duo of England’s Chris Llyod and Combrinck Smit who both shot eight-under-par 64 in round one.