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Muthiya happy with a good start in Cape Town

8th February 2019 | Sunshine Tour

Muthiya happy with a good start in Cape Town

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Muthiya happy with a good start in Cape Town

Madalitso Muthiya is happy with his opening round of five-under-par 67 which saw him share 10th spot, five shots behind Jean-Paul Strydom who took the lead at the RAM Cape Town Open at Royal Cape Golf Club on Thursday.

“I am excited about the way I played,” he said. “I am very consistent. Obviously, I was playing with Jean-Paul Strydom and it was very difficult to beat 10-under, but I am very pleased with the way I played. It helps to play with someone who is leading, but I just focused on my game as much as possible, because you get instances where everyone is going south. So, you have to pull yourself together, in this case, he was a bit of an influence. I was out here with my strategy that I was trying to fulfil and I managed to do that.”

The Zambian has really shown consistency in his last three events – notably at the Eye of Africa PGA Championship where he finished 38th last week and South African Open where he finished seventh in December.

Muthiya said he needs to drive the ball well in order to score on the course. “I love the golf course first and foremost,” he said. “I think accuracy is a premium and you have to hit good irons and putt well. When the wind kicks up, it becomes a bit of a challenge, because you have to fly the ball a little lower and try to keep it in play. So, that is a challenge on the course, but I like those dynamics. The greens are playing really well. I think they are the best I have ever seen here and probably some of the best on tour so far.”

The 36-year-old has a plan which he thinks can help him take advantage of the course. “You have to take advantage on the fairways. If you are on the fairway, you have to birdie the par-fives, they are reachable, but it is not easy. Whenever you hit a wedge shot onto the green, that is where you have to take advantage of it.”

He is confident that he will finish in a better position in the few events left for the 2018-19 Sunshine Tour season. “We have back-to-back events, but that is good when your momentum is going forward and, in this case, I can only try and build on that. I feel my game has been trending in the right direction. It did not really necessary happen last week at the Eye of Africa, but I just did not score well, but I played the weekend and I am just re-starting this week.”

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