Weather plays to Simon’s advantage

Englishman Simon Wakefield enjoyed the sunshine at Fancourt and made no mistakes around The Links course, playing patient golf as the wind picked up during round three of the Dimension Data Pro-Am.

“Seven-under today was good. This is the first event I’ve played since the Joburg Open and it’s good to be down here. I won this 2005, which why I am back here, and then I have an invite for the Telkom PGA Championship next week, so I am trying to make the most of these two weeks in the sun,” he said.

Tough courses suit Wakefield, who knows the value of biding one’s time, and he stayed calm while fellow competitors chased birdies. “The trick out there is just to be patient,” he said, “I normally struggle on easier courses, because I worry about other players making birdies and you always feel like you’re falling behind. With this tough course and the wind today I just felt that you should be patient. Everybody else was making mistakes and I was just hitting it well today and making some great putts.

“Over the first couple of days I felt rusty, but I made some good birdies. Today my plan was to continue making birdies and iron out the bad shots and silly mistakes – and today I’ve done just that.”

As always, a good job with the flat stick resulted in birdies – Wakefield made seven during the round and dropped not one shot. “I rolled it well today and had a couple of putts that didn’t look like they would go in, but they did. Over the first couple of days I missed a few that I should have made, but all-in-all I’m just glad with how well I’m swinging it. I birdied the last three to finish and I was delighted with today’s result,” he said.

With a final round at the Montagu course tomorrow, Wakefield was optimistic about his chances and said: “All of these courses are great. Montagu is good on the eye, so hopefully I won’t be too far behind and (on Sunday) we can have a crack at it.”

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