Vaughan Groenewald failed to pre-qualify at the Alfred Dunhill Championship last year, but on Saturday he had a different story to tell when he shot a third-round 66 and took his tally to nine-under-par.
Groenewald has played professional golf for 18 years. ÂMy experience is counting through the years and IÂm just going and going,Â said the 37-year-old.
The score earned him a proper shot at the Â1-million event at Leopard Creek Country Club come Sunday.
The highlight of his round was a chip in from a greenside bunker on the par-three 16th. ÂI took six-iron and it went into the bunker. I pitched my bunker shot into the fringe and let it roll down. It was perfect Â one out of 100 Â and IÂm glad that was the one,Â he said.
But three putts at the end of both nines would detract from a song of a round Â at both the ninth and 18th he lipped the cup with his second and carded bogey. ÂI read it a bit wrong, but IÂm feeling good about my round,Â he said.
A two-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, he opened well, carding birdies at the first and second. He backed them up with further birdies at the fifth and seventh and turned at three-under.
On the back stretch he birdied at the 11th, 13th, 15th and 16th before signing for his 66. ÂFrom the first hole I just wanted to get going, and itÂs nice to be in the clubhouse with this score,Â said Groenewald.