13th January 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Vincent credits qualifier for solid showing
Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent shot a second round six-under 66 of the BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni to get into contention ahead of moving day on a total eight-under for the week and credits the pre-qualifying round he played on Tuesday for his polished performance at Glendower Golf Club.
Vincent had to battle it out with over 300 other golfers for a spot in the second oldest open championship in the world. He earned his spot following a four-under-par 68 round, one of nine that were up for grabs in the qualifiers. The 25-year old Colorado Golf Club professional now finds himself five shots off the pace set by England’s Chris Paisley and Adrien Saddier of France, who share the lead on 13-under for the tournament.
“It’s obviously great to be here. I had to go and qualify so just being in the tournament was a huge plus for me,” Vincent said. “I can say being in that qualifier helps because you are, obviously, focused on bringing your game early in the week and hope it lasts the whole week. So, all in all, I think it’s helped me. It would be nice to get in without having to qualify but I’m happy where I’m standing right now.”
He carded an opening round of two-under 70 at Glendower and followed that up with a 66 that consisted of seven birdies and a solitary bogey on the par-four 12th to move into a share of fourth with South Africa’s Branden Grace, America’s Chase Koepka and Retief Goosen going into the weekend.
“It’s nice coming out here and playing some really good golf,” he said. “It’s a good way to start the year. The course is great; tough but in really good shape. The greens are fantastic.”
While he is happy with how his game has been this week, Vincent is determined to work even harder in what could become a great start to the year if he can remain consistent over the next two rounds.
“The putting has been great. I’m very, very happy with how that is. My iron play also has been very solid. The woods need a little bit work on, so I am going to hit the range and try to fix that a little bit. But, all in all, it’s not too bad,” he said.