Tjaart dialled in on The Links

Dimension Data Pro-Am: Day 3Tjaart van der Walt was one of the first players out at The Links on Saturday morning and he led the way with a two-under-par 71 at the toughest of Fancourt’s three tracks.

“The weather was not great today, but I hit every fairway and had 26 or 27 putts, so I was pleased with my game. When you do that you’ll shoot a decent score,” he said.

The weather gradually became wet and windy through the course of the third round at the Dimension Data Pro-Am, but Van der Walt was able to knuckle down in spite of it.

“It was beautiful this morning and we all watched the clouds, but it was red sky in the morning, shepherds warning. We got our share of rain and tricky conditions.

“The weather changed a bit from hole six onwards. The wind picked up and then it rained hard from about the 11th hole. I don’t know how we kept things dry!” said the 2013 Lion of Africa Cape Town Open winner.

The 40-year-old carded one-under-par on either side of the turn to sign for 71 and rise into a share of second place ahead of the 54-hole cut.

“Started with a birdie on number one and then played solid. I was happy with how I hung in there and stayed close to the leaders. To shoot the rounds that I have in the last three days makes me very satisfied. I’m looking forward to a nice challenge tomorrow,” he said.

The players must complete a round at each of Fancourt’s Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links courses, after which there is a cut to the leading 65 and ties. A final round is then played on Montagu.

Saturday was daunting for Van der Walt, who knew that The Links can turn a good tournament into a bad one very quickly. He managed to keep it together in the rain and that means he’ll take a crack at leader Darren Fichardt during the final round on Sunday.

Justin Walters was also able to make a move on Saturday and his 71 on The Links meant an early rise to sole third on eight-under-par for the tournament.

The two-time Sunshine Tour winner took advantage of the calm morning conditions and turned at two-under. He bogeyed the 10th and struggled to get going after that, but a birdie at the 15th nullified the mistake and he reached the 54-hole mark on eight-under-par.

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