UPS AND DOWNS OF A TOUR PRO
The Humewood Links in Port Elizabeth had shocks in store for a few tour players on the second day of the Sun Boardwalk Challenge.
Justin Harding carded a 65 in the first round in good weather, but had an afternoon time on day two in more testing conditions. He shot 82 and missed the cut, as did Charl Coetzee (66-80), Neil Schietekat (67-80) and Dayne Moore (68-86). The average score that day was nearly 76, and tournament winner Ruan de Smidt mastered the wind with a 67.
Those golfers had something of an excuse for their poor scores, but what went wrong at Glendower in the SA Open? The first round leaders were Jaco van Zyl on 65 and Shaun Norris on 66. Neither of them were seen again. Van Zyl followed his 65 with a 78 to barely make the cut, while Norris went home early with 66-84.
Bad days happen to the best of players. Richard Sterne opened with a 78 in the DiData Pro-Am, on the relatively easy Outeniqua course at Fancourt. True professional that he is, he bounced back with a 66 on day two, on the toughest Fancourt course, the Links! Jake Roos might have despaired after an opening 75 in the Vodacom Origins at Simola, yet a 63-69 comeback got him into a T-5.