Da Silva, Greene chasing Masters title

2010-11-04 00:00

THE Wild Coast Country Club will celebrate a 10th straight hosting of the Nashua Masters tomorrow.

The event is regarded as one of the most prestigious events on the local Sunshine Tour, and will provide a stern test if the notorious “Wild winds” make their presence felt.

This is the second Sunshine Tour event held in KZN in recent weeks, after the Suncoast Classic which was held at a revamped Durban Country Club two weeks ago.

The Masters holds a significantly higher prize fund, in keep in with its status as one of events in the South African “Triple Crown”.

The other two tournaments are the South African PGA Championship and the South African Open, which will have its centenary year at Durban Country Club in December.

But all eyes this week will be on the Wild Coast, and there are several KZN players to keep an eye on.

Adilson da Silva, the popular Brazilian-turned-Durbanite, won the Suncoast Classic recently and will be looking to maintain the form that has seen him win twice this year already.

Daniel Greene, meanwhile, still leads the Rookie of the Year race, and the Gowrie Farm product is keen to build up an even heftier lead.

Greene has been frustrated of late, particularly with his short game, but he is keen to get into the summer swing of things.

“I have been waiting for this time of year, and it is nice to be playing a tournament over four rounds again,” he said.

“I’ve done a lot of work on my short game recently, because I was hitting the ball well, but just not scoring,” he added.

The much higher prize pool has also caught Greene’s eye, with R1,2 million to be shared out this week.

“It means you can still make a decent packet even if you don’t win, and I will be looking to just stay in contention going into the weekend.”

Today sees the Pro-Am at the Wild Coast, before the serious business tees off tomorrow morning.

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