Williams in mix at PGA Champs

Eye of Africa PGA Championship: day 3He’s come so close to the kind of breakthrough he so dearly wants, and Mark Williams is probably only one good round away from that in this week’s Eye of Africa PGA Championship.

The 31-year-old Zimbabwean came close to a maiden Sunshine Tour victory in the 2012 Lion of Africa Cape Town Open in a four-way play-off to Jake Roos. He’s pushed hard since then with some near misses including two second-place finishes last year in the Sun Sibaya Challenge and the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at St Francis Links.

And although he hasn’t broken into the top five in any of his four starts on the 2016 Sunshine Tour – and he missed the cut in last week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am – but he had excellent weeks at the BMW South African Open Championship and the Joburg Open where he finished in a share of 10th and 13th respectively.

Those finishes have vaulted him to 18th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, and he’s already won more money in his four starts than he won in any of his 13 years on the Sunshine Tour to date.

He started the third round of the tournament this week at Eye of Africa at seven under par through 36 holes, and very much in the mix.

One of his second-place finishes last year, at Sibaya Sun, came from a blistering final round of eight-under-par 62. And with an average of 3.76 birdies per round, if he just keeps things tidy over the weekend at Eye of Africa and plays to his potential, he has a chance of lifting one of the oldest trophies in South African golf.

He could have his name added to a list of champions which includes Zimbabwean countrymen Tony Johnstone, Mark McNulty and Nick Price.


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