Titch Moore played 90 practice holes over two days at St. Francis Links in preparation for the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final. By the close of round two on Thursday he loomed on four-under-par, one stroke off the pace.
“I’m chuffed to be in this position going into the final round.
The big man from Port Elizabeth benefited from local knowledge and carded 68 for a nine-spot move up the leaderboard. He’ll tee up in the final round with only a stroke separating him from leader Riekus Nortje.
“You can’t just arrive here for the first time and understand the course,” said Moore. “You have to know where to aim off some of the tees, where to place it on the slopes of these greens.”
A seven-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, Moore won the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final in 2007. The host course that year? St. Francis Links.
History might just repeat itself.
The most consistent golf of the tournament has been JJ Senekal, who carded two consecutive rounds of 70 for his share of second. The Somerset West local is no stranger to the wind and has put himself in a good position for the final round.
Young gun Riekus Nortje hails from the coastal town of George and was comfortable on the links course thanks to his training at Fancourt. He was the only player without a bogey on his card on Thursday, which helped him take up pole position on five-under-par.
“It was a great day out there and I didn’t miss a fairway the whole day and made 16 greens. I’ll certainly take a round like that!” he said.
Jake Roos carded a steady 71 to complete a three-way tie for second place. He’ll miss out on the final three-ball, but that makes the six-time Sunshine Tour winner no less of a threat.