9th March 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Surry in slender lead at Limpopo Championship
Surry pulls one shot clear at Limpopo Championship
England Steve Surry is happy to take a single shot lead to the final round of the Limpopo Championship after shooting four-under-par 68 to total 13-under for the week at Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate.
“It is pretty solid today,” Surry who was among the overnight leaders said. “I got off to a good start. Four-under and I will take it. The course was playing nice. There was not much wind on the front nine, a bit of breeze on the back nine but nothing really to worry about. It was perfect scoring conditions.”
Surry’s front nine was flawless with three birdies. He made further gains on the 11th and 17th holes but his only bogey of the round managed to sneak in on the par four-16.
“I hit a nice bunker shot on 14th,” he said. “I pulled a bogey on 16th which was a bit annoying, but I am good. It is very good playing with Lyle Rowe. I spent a night sleeping next to him and it is fun playing with him. I am looking forward to playing tomorrow. It is nice being in contention. I will try and play my game and see what happens.”
Just a shot behind Surry were Andrew van der Knaap and Christiaan Basson who are both on 12-under-par ahead of day four in Limpopo. Van der Knaap carded a second-round 66 while a 68 was enough to see Basson in the mix.
Van der Knaap who came into this tournament with the aim of salvaging a season which threatened to see him lose his card was happy to be in the mix. “Today I played very nicely and very solid,” he said. “I had 24 putts around here. So, that was very nice. Ball striking was very good today. I hardly missed a shot today. The putter was warm that is why I put up the good score.
“For sure it is a relief to see the movement on the Order of Merit. There was a lot of pressure on me to make the cut. I was scared for my Tour card. I did not want to leave anything to chance. I made the cut and now I am laying second on the leaderboard and it is awesome.”
Basson was happy to be in contention again.
“You miss it when you are not in there all the time,” he said, “I am really looking forward to tomorrow. Being out of the mix for a while, the nerves are high and the adrenaline is pumping, but I am very excited.”
Neil Schietekat, JC Ritchie and Rowe shared fourth spot on 11-under while Hennie du Plessis, Riekus Nortje, Luke Jerling and Jaco Ahlers are tied seventh on 10-under-par.