Stuart goes low in Parys pursuit

2015 Vodacom Origins: Day 2Stuart Smith knew he had to do something special after his opening 74 in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event presented by Samsung at Vaal de Grace, so he unfurled a superlative nine-under-par 63 on Friday to storm into contention.

That vaulted him to seven-under-par 137 ahead of the cut in the R650,00 54-hole tournament, and while that was a long way off the clubhouse lead of 15-under-par set by Jacques Kruyswijk, it certainly put him in the mix.

“After shooting two-over 74 yesterday, something was sending me a message saying I was lying 88th, so I knew I had to go low today if I wanted to make the cut,” he said.

So he started as if he meant business with a birdie on his first hole, and he followed it with four more on the front nine to turn in 31. “After the front nine, I felt quite confident, so I went onto the back nine intent on making more birdies,” he said. “And once I had a couple of birdies on the first five or six holes, that kind of made me relax slightly more and just play the game.

“I went for the pins. A couple of times, I did put myself in a position where I decided to just go for the middle of the green, but I ended up making one or two of those putts. It was one of those days where I had a good game plan. I stuck to it, and when I was in trouble, I was just sensible.”

A good finish this weekend will likely give him his fourth top-10 finish on the Sunshine Tour, and he will need to take an approach in the final round similar to the one which brought him success in the second round: “It was good fun today,” he said.

Going low always is.


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