Titch sails into Cape contention

Titch Moore rode the afternoon winds at Royal Cape Golf Club during his opening round of 67 at the Lion of Africa Cape Town open and moved into a share of second at the close of day one.


“The greens are a little bit soft, but it’s the same for everybody. All-in-all the course is set up beautifully. This afternoon was tricky and the wind swirled a lot, but I’m from the coast, so I can’t really complain about the wind too much,” he said.


The Port Elizabeth local is accustomed to coastal wind and won the Sun Boardwalk Golf Challenge in blustery conditions earlier this year.


His history at Royal Cape is also notable and in 2000 he came painfully close to winning the Vodacom Players’ Championship at the oldest course in Africa.


“I’ve played nicely here in the past and I had the lead going into the final round of the Players Championship in 2000. I was three shots ahead of Trevor Immelman and six shots ahead of Ernie Els, those two were my nearest competitors. Trevor managed to win and I tied for second place with Ernie…that was 14 years ago,” he said.


On Thursday the nine-time Sunshine Tour winner worked his way around in five-under-par to join a seven-way tie for second place, but was unable to match the morning heroics of Hennie Otto and fellow Port Elizabethan Lyle Rowe.


The leading pair took advantage of their early starts and each shot 66 to carry a one-shot lead into the second round.


Moore’s 67 came up just short of the frontrunners, but his two wins this season indicate just how ready he is to contend. The winner this week gets a spot at the upcoming Nedbank Golf Challenge, which adds a bonus incentive to victory in Cape Town.


“I won the Telkom Business PGA Championship at the beginning of the year and to finish off the season by winning something as prestigious as this would be unbelievable,” he said.


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