“It’s easy to be calm when you’re playing well. You can wait for good things to happen because you are in control of your game,” he said.
The 38-year-old had a disappointing start at Royal Cape Golf Club and shared 85th after day one. Instead of folding, the seven-time winner fought his way back into tournament with a Friday 68.
After making a disappointing 74 during the first round, van den Berg knuckled down and made six birdies during the second round to share 16th going into the weekend.
“I had to fight hard today, because the weather conditions were tough. I’m too far away right now to worry about contending for the title, but it’s nice to get back into it,” he said.
Van den Berg went six-under through his first 16 holes, but backslid with a pair of bogeys at the last two holes.
“I played a fantastic round of golf over 16 holes, but unfortunately went bogey, bogey to finish my round in 68, which was a sickening feeling,” he said. “But that’s golf and I have to pat myself on the back for 16 good holes.”