Brazil’s Da Silva gives himself the halfway lead in Pretoria

2008-02-16 00:00

PRETORIA — Adilson da Silva had a caddie who talked too much and got the clubs completely wrong, which surprisingly gave him the confidence to trust himself for a bogey-free 67 and the halfway lead in the Vodacom Championship yesterday.

In a second round where he drove the ball well but also took advantage with his putter, Da Silva climbed to 10 under par for a one-stroke lead over Mark Murless going into the weekend at Pretoria Country Club.

But within two shots of him lies 2006 champion Charl Schwartzel, last year’s runner up Louis Oosthuizen, and journeyman Brandon Pieters.

Yet such is Da Silva’s newfound confidence that he has his mind set on claiming what would be the biggest victory of his career.

“I have been working very hard on all aspects of my game, especially the mental side. That’s always let me down in the past. Sometimes I play really good golf but I don’t believe I can win,” said Da Silva.

After losing his regular caddie, Ray, to James Kingston in favour of a permanent bag on the European Tour, Da Silva has had to fall back on a caddie he would normally use in smaller tournaments in the winter.

“Ray and I are great friends. When he told me he had an opportunity to get Kingston’s bag in Europe, I told him to not even think twice. It would be a great bag for Ray. Jerry normally caddies for me in the winter. He just talks too much sometimes. He tries, but he gets the clubs all wrong.”

In a strange way, though, it’s been the best thing for his game this week.

“I used to ask the caddies for advice all the time, and I think you become a bit sluggish then. When you start holing putts off your own lines, you get a little more confidence. Reading the greens myself has definitely helped my putting this week, and that’s been the difference.

TOP ROUND TWO SCORES

(All competitors RSA unless indicated:)

134 - Adilson da Silva (BRA) 67 67

135 - Mark Murless 67 68

136 - Brandon Pieters 69 67, Charl Schwartzel 68 68, Louis Oosthuizen 68 68

137 - Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 68 69, George Coetzee 70 67, Tyrone Ferreira 68 69, Jean Hugo 69 68

138 - Chris Swanepoel 71 67, James Kingston 71 67, Louis Moolman 67 71, Andre Cruse 70 68

139 - Grant Veenstra 67 72, Jbe’ Kruger 68 71, Clinton Whitelaw 67 72

140 - Warren Abery 71 69, Darren Holder 71 69, Jaco Ahlers 68 72, Ryan Tipping 70 70

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