England’s Steve Surry is one stroke off the pace at the Nedbank Affinity Cup and victory tomorrow would be the top prize, but he’s also eyeing a top-five finish in order to secure a spot at the South African Open Championship.
“I’m a regular Sunshine Tour member, so a top-five would get me into the SA Open. That would be abrilliant result from this week, no matter what else happens,” he said.
Surry shot 64 at Lost City Golf Club to lead the Affinity Cup first round on Tuesday. He followed it up with 70 on Wednesday, which meant a 10-under-par total and a share of second.
“It was a decent day and I’m happy with 70. If you have a low one then it’s hard to have another low one the following day for some unknown mental reason,” he smiled.
Jacques Blaauw heads into Thursday’s final round with a one-stroke lead and lining up his third victory on the Sunshine Tour this year.
The Centurion professional followed up his opening 64 with a second round of 69 at the Lost City Golf Course on Wednesday to top the leaderboard on 11 under par.
It’s a measure of the confidence that Blaauw’s two wins this season have given him that he is able to lead with a game he’s not entirely satisfied with.
“I’m not feeling 100% yet but I’m happy with being 11 under through two rounds. In any case, if you’re not playing with you’re A-game and you’re still in the running for a tournament, then you’re doing something right,” he said after a tricky day of swirling wind.