14th December 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Frittelli hopes for better second round at Leopard Creek
Dylan Frittelli was not so impressed with the three-under-par 69 he shot for the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek, but he hopes to do better as he tees off for his second round on Friday.
“I feel I left a few out there,” he said. “I was thinking maybe six-under would have been a good round of golf. I probably still had a few putts that could have dropped. The chip on 17 could have gone in and I signed for a 69 and feel pretty bad but that’s alright. I mean, I’m still in the tournament, there’s a lot of golf to be played and if I can get a nice low one tomorrow morning and put some pressure on the field.”
Frittelli made double-bogey on the par-five 18th hole after his approach shot dropped in the water and he narrowly missed a bogey putt.
“18 was a pretty easy shot, hit a wedge on the green, not that difficult but I had a bit of grain into me on the fairway,” he said. “It got inside my head and I thought it was going to come out slow so I tried to give it a little extra with the wedge I had in, and ended up pushing it right and not having enough to cover the front of the green and from there it was tricky to make par.”
However, the two-time European Tour winner is positive that he stands a good chance to produce good scores on the revamped course. “The ball-striking was really good today,” he said. “I knew that with the kind of golf course we have, especially with the changes made, with the Bermuda grass. I play a lot of golf on Bermuda back home in America, and a few PGA Tour events, as well as a few mainland Europe events, but I felt at home. I felt comfortable and hopefully I can just keep that rolling for the rest of the week,” he said.
His last three starts at the Alfred Dunhill Championship include a share of 25th in 2016, a share of 11th in 2015 and the share of 22nd in 2014.