Tyrone Ryan shot a flawless 66 at Centurion Country Club to claim the early lead during pre-qualifying for the Telkom PGA Pro-Am on Tuesday, all but securing his place in the R600,000 event.
ÂThat kind of start helps the confidence and itÂs nice to get the season going in this style. Today was one of those days where I would miss a green and then chip inÂ everything just went really well,Â he said.
The 23-year-old began his third year on tour in just the way heÂd like Â by outplaying the morning field, which comprised an impressive 45 players.
ÂAfter three years you feel more comfortable on tour. You get a sense of direction and that allows you to not worry and play with a more relaxed attitude. The biggest factor is believing that belong on tour, and after a few years you begin to accept it,Â he said.
Ryan started on the first and wasted no time in getting ahead, carding birdies at the first, third and sixth to turn at three-under. He began the loop home at speed, birdieing 10 and 12 to go five-under and pull clear of the field. A final birdie at the last would solidify his sole claim to the lead.
The six-under-par total was enough to earn him a one-stroke lead in the clubhouse over Gert Myburgh and Ryan Strauss, but the Irene Golf Club professional had already begun to focus on the next few weeks.
ÂMy aim is to put three good rounds together now. This was a good start, but now I have to look for a good finish here so that IÂll have a place at the Joburg Open next week. Today gave me lots of confidence, but the next few weeks are big and I need to keep producing the results,Â he said.