7th December 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Broadening horizons suit Roos at Randpark
Jake Roos relished the addition of the Asian Tour to the South African Open Championship hosted by City of Joburg as he fired on opening five-under-par 66 at Randpark Golf Club on Thursday.
Roos, who is a member of the Sunshine Tour players committee and also sits on the board, lauded the historic event being co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, the European Tour, and now the Asian Tour too.
“It is brilliant for South Africa to broaden its horizons and partner with Asia as well now,” he said. “It is good and there are some good things leading out of that for our players and for our membership, get some opportunities overseas and for the guys to expand their careers. I think it is a great move and hopefully we can do some more in the future.”
Roos got his score on the more difficult Firethorn course in the tournament that is played over Bushwillow and Firethorn for the opening two rounds ahead of the final two on Firethorn after the cut.
The six-time Sunshine Tour winner managed to bounce back on his back nine after dropping three shots on his front nine.
“It was a bit of an up and down start,” he admitted. “Started with a bogey on the second hole after a good drive, actually. And then I had four birdies in a row and a couple of drops. It was a little bit up and down, but the back nine I played it more solidly. I putted quite nicely and I enjoyed the greens. So, all in all I am happy.”
The 38-year-old credited his good round to the good condition of the course. “The Firethorn course was playing so nice,” he said. “The greens are very good. It was quite windy today, especially in the morning. I hit a few good shots today, but if you get on the greens, you can make some good putts, because the greens are very, very good.”
He will have his horizons broadened even more in today’s second round as he moves to the Bushwillow course where the first-round leader Louis Oosthuizen carded a nine-under 62.