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Red-hot Strydom sets the pace at Royal Cape

7th February 2019 | Sunshine Tour

Red-hot Strydom sets the pace at Royal Cape

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Red-hot Strydom sets the pace at Royal Cape

Jean-Paul Strydom shot a bogey-free 10-under-par 62 opening round of the RAM Cape Town Open to take a one-shot lead at Royal Cape Golf Club on Thursday.

He opened his birdie-laden round with four birdies on the trot before picking up an important eagle on the fifth hole. One par later, another birdie found its way onto his card before going out in 28, after the birdie on the ninth.

“I did not think this would happen,” he admitted. “My start was unbelievable. I think I was seven under through six or something like that or seven under through seven. I then hit it left on the ninth hole and somehow, I made a birdie to shot eight under. I stalled a bit the next couple of holes and was a bit nervous. Then I had a good finish – birdie, par, birdie and I am 10-under.”

His back nine was just as solid as he didn’t drop a single shot there, and instead, made further gain as he made birdies on 16 and the last.

Hot on his heels was last year’s runner up, Peter Karmis, who also shot a blemish-free nine-under-par 63 round in which he made two eagles on par-fives fifth and seventh holes. Behind him was Kyle McClatchie, who finished three shots off the lead while six other players, who included England’s Richard Bland, Thriston Lawrence, Daniel van Tonder and JC Ritchie among others, shared the fourth spot on six-under. The defending Rhys Enoch shared 10th with 14 other players on five-under.

Strydom –who is searching for his first Sunshine Tour win – has had his ups and downs since the beginning of the season, but feels that he is slowly coming into a good position as the season draws to an end.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “I had a real struggle in the middle of last year and I found some form at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and I played nicely last week at the Eye of Africa Championship. So, there is just a bit of momentum going on out here.”

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