Gerber retains one-stroke lead in Big Easy Tour champs

2013-10-25 00:00

BENONI — Divan Gerber continued with his tactical approach to the Big Easy Tour Championship yesterday and carded 72 to retain a one-stroke lead ahead of the final round.

“You’ve just got to keep it together. There’s no need to chase anything. I’ll go out there tomorrow and try the same thing as the last two days, because it’s been working,” he said.

The wind continued to blow at Ebotse’s inland links and 25 double-bogeys or worse were recorded during the round. The penal rough and blustery conditions led to plenty of movement on the 30-man leaderboard, but Gerber held a one-shot lead over Attie Schwartzel and Neil Cheetham at the close of round two.

At the end of the R250 000 tournament, the top five players on the Order of Merit will receive Sunshine Tour cards for the 2014 season. Gerber began the week looking to secure a card, but his goals have shifted now that victory is a real possibility.

“It feels good to lead for two days. I’m comfortable with my line and my eye is in, so I’ll go for gold now,” he said.

Neil Cheetham came close to withdrawing due to a ligament injury in his knee, but he gritted his teeth and shot 70 to share second ahead of the final round.

“On the first nine my knee was fine and then I hit my tee shot on 10, and felt it go again, but I played solid. I’ll just play tomorrow and see what happens on the stretch,” said the Englishman.

SCORES (RSA unless otherwise specified)

139 - Divan Gerber 67 72

140 - Attie Schwartzel 70 70, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 70 70

141 - Steven Ferreira 69 72, Pieter Moolman 69 72

143 - Jacques Kruyswijk 72 71, Francois Coetzee 70 73.

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