14th September 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Ryan feels fully engaged after Humewood 65
When a player goes two-over-par in the opening round, and seven-under in the second, you have to figure there’s something going on.
And for Tyrone Ryan playing in the R750,000 Sun Boardwalk Challenge, that was the case after he carded a seven-under 65 to climb into an early share of fourth at five-under after 36 holes, five shots back of the leader Colin Nel.
“I got engaged recently and that’s definitely given me a different outlook on life,” said Ryan. “It’s a bit cheesy, but it has. It’s given me a bit more comfortable state of mind.”
There’s more than comfort in the way Ryan played on Friday. He finished his round with a flourish, making two eagles and a birdie on successive holes, and from staring at going into the final round of the 54-hole tournament at level-par, he was suddenly very much in contention.
“The first 14 holes, it was kind of slow,” he said. “I was two-under for the round, and then I went on a little spree. I went eagle 15, eagle 16 and birdie 17 and that kind of jumped the score a bit. It was just a solid round all day today. I just finally got the numbers.
“Even yesterday – it was a slow round but I played really well, so I knew it was out there. I just needed something to go my way. On those three holes, they went my way and I got the round done.”
He’s back on the tour after missing six tournaments with a wrist injury, and things are starting to fall into place for him now that he has been back with eight tournaments under his belt. “I’m excited for the next few events,” he said. “I’ve been playing nicely for a few months now and it’s starting to pay off and I’m starting to get the scores I want. I’m looking forward to the last few events of the year.”