The 22-year-old BMW South African Open champion was four over par for the tournament but birdied three of those last five holes to shoot a level par 70 for 141 to belatedly make it into the weekend, with the cut coming at 143.
“I managed to get it round in another 70 in the third round but today was so much better,” said Stone on Sunday after signing for a closing four-under-par 66 to move swiftly up the leaderboard.
“I got off to a blistering start with birdies at the first two holes, hitting my approach to two inches at No 1 before laying up with a five-iron at No 2 and then hitting gap wedge to two feet for another tap-in,” added the young SA Open champion.
“I gave back those two shots with bogeys at No 3 and No 4 but birdied the sixth and the ninth and then played the back nine in two under, so after looking like missing the cut I ended up having quite a decent tournament and I’m looking forward to next week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am at Fancourt.
“That’ll be my seventh straight week on the road and I’m feeling pretty tired but my Dad (Kevin Stone) will be down there trying to pre-qualify – just like he successfully did here at Pretoria Country Club – so that’s also something on the positive side, having him with me gain.”
Forty-nine-year-old Kevin Stone is still pretty competitive and turns 50 in August, after which he plans to try and earn his playing privileges for the Champions Tour in America. If successful this would mean both father and son plying their trade on the fairways of the world as Brandon’s SA Open victory means he is now fully exempt on the European Tour.