15th February 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Walters just one back at Fancourt
Buried beneath the brilliance of the leader’s opening nine-under-par on Thursday was the equally superb first-round 64 from Justin Walters in the Dimension Data Pro-Am being played on all three courses at Fancourt.
He found himself one off the lead despite a double-bogey five on the par-three fourth at Outeniqua. He is still to play a round on each of The Links and Montagu ahead of the cut after the third round, after which the final round will be played on the testing Montagu layout.
“It was lovely to make eight birdies and an eagle!” he said “I got off to a fast start and made a few putts – the putter was definitely working today. I really saw the lines on the greens and started it on them, and they went in – it was lovely.
“When you get on a roll like that, you get a few clubs where the yardages match up, so it’s not a half-shot or fiddly shot. You can just hit normal shots and I hit a lot of normal, full stock shots today, and I was able to hit them reasonably close and make them. You get into a rhythm and a roll. I also had a good group of guys I was playing with – the amateurs and the pro – and we were laughing all the way around, and that probably helped a lot too.
“I played Cape Town last week and I didn’t drive it particularly well. Today, I was really conscious of that and I drove the ball really well and I was really happy with that. When I drive it well, I’m able to attack pins and when I can do that, I can make putts. It all kind of fell together today. The more you can narrow your focus when driving, the better. I try and hit to a certain part of the fairway, and if I just miss that, it’s still in the fairway. A lot of times today, I actually hit my spots quite nicely.”
His second round will be on the testing layout at The Links, a par-73 challenge that can provide the key to winning the tournament. “I think you’ve got to play The Links quite well,” he said. “You want to score well where I played today on Outeniqua, and then if you can shoot anything under par on The Links, you can be quite happy. The greens are quite firm on Montagu, so if I can get the job done on The Links tomorrow, I won’t be too far away going onto Montagu.”