Daniel Brooks shook off the rust from a winter break in Europe and managed his third round in the 60s on Saturday when he shot 68 at The Links at Fancourt during round three of the Dimension Data Pro-Am.
ÂItÂs good to be playing well and scoring nicely again. We have a couple of months off over the winter and the last couple of weeks havenÂt really gone my way after the break, but now things are going well and it feels great,Â he said.
The 26-year-old Englishman set the clubhouse lead with his 14-under-par tally. The R3,75-million tournament has a cut to 65 and ties at the 54-hole mark, and Brooks had moved right into contention.
ÂIÂve just been playing really steady, and even when I hit a bad shot itÂs going on the green and IÂm holing my fair share of putts, and thatÂs everything you need to do to get up there,Â he said.
In his five years as a professional, Brooks has topped leaderboards before, so being in the hunt was nothing new.
ÂIÂve played a few Challenge Tour events and been up there a few times so I know what itÂs all about and IÂm just going to head out there looking for a bit of fun,Â he said.
Brooks had not lost sight of the trophy, but was most excited to be playing well after his winter hiatus. With a final round on the Montagu course tomorrow, where he shot a Thursday 68, the Englishman looked forward to another chance to shoot low now that heÂs rediscovered some form.
ÂIÂve been out here for a couple of weeks and I played the Joburg and Africa Opens. I missed those cuts, but I wasnÂt playing badly, and now that my game is coming together it feels like things are going my way,Â he said.