3rd November 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Basson regains confidence after shooting 62 at Simola
Dwayne Basson was a relieved man following his second-round 10-under-par 62 at the Vodacom Origins of Golf held at Simola Golf and Country Estate to make his first cut since the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open in June.
Following his impressive display of resilience and good temperament in the second round on Friday, the Kuilsriver Golf Club professional admitted to have been very low on confidence since that 61st place finish in Kitwe.
“I was very happy with the 74 I managed to shoot yesterday considering how badly I have been hitting it,” Basson said. “It’s been really tough. I haven’t made a cut since Zambia and when it becomes this tough you even stop believing you should be out here. I even told my wife who is here with me this week that I can’t wait for this year to end so I can just stop playing.”
Now, after all that agony and the uncertainty over whether he should continue playing or not, he produced the lowest score in the round. “Then I came into this round and I shoot a 62, that’s the game of golf,” he said.
The pressure was always there, Basson admitted, but he had to keep a level head because on a golf course which seems to allow for some low scoring, anything was possible and he was able to play himself into contention ahead of the final round.
“There was always going to be pressure here,” said Basson who had his wife walking with him on Friday. “But luckily I have my wife here this week so that makes it easier. So, I am really happy with the way I played today and I can feel that I’m beginning to hit it well again.”
And, following a lengthy period of struggling on the golf course, the 25-year old member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 says that performance has lifted his confidence a bit and he now looks forward to the final round and to playing and enjoying golf.
“I am just happy to be in contention,” said Basson, “I have never been in contention in a Sunshine Tour event so I will just keep doing what I have been doing and know that my game is good enough. My putting and driving have improved and that’s really helped me this week, so I just want to enjoy golf again.
“I mean, once you start driving it properly, you hit the greens and give yourself opportunities. So, I am really happy for that round.”
He will aim for a better and improved showing in the last round on Saturday because the layout at Simola seems to be allowing for some low scores this week and a top-10 finish is very possible.