If Kevin Rundle had kept the dropped shots off his card on Friday in the second round of the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open at Royal Harare Golf Club, he may have been in the lead at the halfway mark.
Instead, he found himself at five-under-par after his second-round 68, and, while that was one off the clubhouse pace at the time, he is going to find himself with a little work to do over the weekend if he is to contend.
He made a double bogey on 13 in his first round, and then, on starting his second on the 10th, he made double there too. Add that to three bogeys in his opening two rounds, he is fully aware that simply making pars where he makes those drops would have him seven shots better off.
“Today I just made a silly mistake on the first hole with my second shot, and yesterday on the hole I doubled, I just took the wrong club off the tee box and never felt comfortable,” he said. “Instead of just changing it, I stuck with it and it cost me. I was playing really nicely until I made the double and then I made drop after that.”
Rundle turned professional in 2015, but his 121st position finish on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit meant he had to go back to Qualifying School, where a 25th spot got him his playing privileges back.
And now, with a good finish in Harare, he can go a long way to having a better year. “It was good out there,” he said after his second round. “The course is playing really nicely, and the greens are especially pure in the morning. All the pins are at the back today, so it was tough to hit it close with the shorter irons.
“I’m just going to stick to my game plan and play it like I’ve been playing it the last two days. After today – I seem to like the front nine – if I can just sort out the back nine, I think it will be really good.”