Mooi so … Rookie’s six birdies in a row

2013-09-21 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Jacques Kruyswijk made six consecutive birdies around the stretch at Mooinooi Golf Club yesterday to clinch a one-stroke lead after round two at the Platinum Classic.

“This is a first for me and it’s amazing to be leading! I’m learning with every tournament and it’s phenomenal to be in this position,” he said.

The rookie from Pretoria played his way into the R500 000 event through pre-qualifying and then carded 67 for round one. His 65 yesterday turned the week into something of a fairytale as he moved nine places up the leaderboard into sole first.

After a shaky start, the 20-year-old composed himself with a birdie at the fourth before dominating from the tee. Capitalising on the shortness of the course, Kruyswijk made six consecutive birdies from the sixth to the 11th to cement his place atop the leaderboard. A final gain at the 17th put him one stroke clear.

“I started badly on the first and just had a quick chat with my caddie. We decided that we had to pull it back. On the short hole, the sixth, I hit a really nice seven-iron to three metres and that got some momentum going. After that I just kept hitting it close and all of the putts dropped!” he laughed.

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