25th November 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

Majestic Mc Comb pulls clear in Modderfontein Race

Glendower18-20NovDay3 (97)(Photo – Tyron Mc Comb; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 25 November 2014 – Tyron Mc Comb from Fourways came through an enthralling birdie battle with his playing partners to take a commanding three stroke lead in the second round of the IGT Tour’s seventh Race to Q-School on Tuesday.

Mc Combe shared the overnight lead at Modderfontein Golf Club with England’s Peter Wilson, Werner van Niekerk from Pretoria and Boland amateur Armandt Scholtz.

Playing alongside Wilson and Van Niekerk, the three players fed off each other’s impressive golf to rack up a total of 21 birdies and an eagle, but it was Mc Combe who stole the show.

The 23-year-old Dainfern golfer won the mini-clash with an eight-under-par 64 to move to the summit on 13 under 131.

“We got a really great game going and tomorrow we lock horns and do it all over again,” Mc Comb said after Van Niekerk signed for a 67 and Wilson finished a further stroke adrift after a 68.

Scholtz returned a 73 to slip to a tie for eighth on four under 140.

Mc Comb reeled in two birdies and an eagle against a lone drop on the front nine and bombed home five birdie putts down the flawless back straight. He was thrilled with the result.

“All my putts were stock standard, but I only had 24 putts and that was key,” he said.

“The eagle was pretty special, though. I had 235 meters to the flag and I hit a two-iron that pitched just short of the pin and hit the stick, leaving me with a tap-in for three.

“At the par-three ninth, I hit the water, but I scrambled for a good bogey. The rest of the round was just solid tee to green stuff, but the putter was definitely hot.”

Mc Comb broke a two year title drought on the IGT Tour with victory in the Race to Asian Q-School in September. Two months later, he has lined up another podium finish.

“I won’t get silly, but I am definitely going for it,” he said. “My sponsor, Dave Robinson from SHS Africa, has put a lot of faith in me. It would be great to show him that he is backing the right horse.”

Mc Combe won an all-expenses paid trip to Asian Tour’s Qualifying School in January with his victory in the IGT Tour’s Race to Asian Q-School series.

“Going to Asia on the back of a couple of solid results will be good for the confidence,” he said.

“The opportunity to play in Asia and gain experience is too fantastic to pass up. If I don’t make it, no harm done. I will compete on the IGT Tour for another season and gain more experience.”

Van Niekerk also broke through for his maiden pro win at Modderfontein during the Race to Asian Q-School and is champing at the bit for another victory, especially after a bogey finish at last week’s Battle of Giants at Glendower robbed him of the chance to force Jacques Kruyswijk into a play-off.

“It was a pretty good day,” the 23-year-old TuksSport Golf Academy player said.

“Seven birdies and two bogeys, I have to be happy with that, but you need to avoid mistakes if you want to go really low around here. There will be some pressure in the final round, but I’ve had four really great rounds and my game is pretty solid right now.”

Wilson offset three bogeys with seven birdies. A seasoned pro with more than 20 years’ experience, The 47-year-old journeyman from Princess Golf Club in the United Kingdom has played in South African since 1995 and could be the dark horse to watch in Wednesday’s final round.

SECOND ROUND SCORES

131 – Tyron Mc Comb 67 64

134 – Werner Van Niekerk 67 67

135 – Peter Wilson ENG 67 68

139 – Stephan Erasmus (AMA) 69 70, Rosswell Sinclair (AMA) 68 71, DK Kim KOR 68 71

140 – Conway Kunneke 73 67, Armandt Scholtz (AMA) 67 73

141 – Antonio Rosado POR 72 69, Andrew Carlsson (AMA) 72 69, Breyten Meyer (AMA) 69 72

142 – Gareth Akers (AMA) 73 69, Burger Heckroodt (AMA) 70 72

143 – Jerry Steyn 73 70, Bryn Flanagan 70 73

144 – Slade Fick (AMA) 73 71, Jonathan Waschefort 73 71, Fritz Orren (AMA) 72 72, Khaya Jika 70 74, Coert Groenewald 69 75

145 – Michael Dreyer 73 72, Duane Keun 72 73, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 71 74, Andi Dill (AMA) 70 75, Jacques de Villiers 70 75, Michael Van Hoeck (AMA) 70 75, Lean Boezaart 69 76

146 – Zak Van Zyl 74 72, Dylan Docherty (AMA) 72 74, Niel Meyer 71 75

147 – Calvin Caldeira 75 72, Mark Fraser 73 74, Ryan Gosling 72 75, David Rebelo (AMA) 72 75

148 – Rae Mackie 76 72, Philip Geerts ITA (AMA) 78 70

149 – Quintin Crause (AMA) 75 74, Russel Franz 74 75, Michael Armstrong (AMA) 76 73, Shaun van Tonder 72 77

150 – Dwayne Coetzee 75 75, Juran Dreyer (AMA) 76 74, Wayne du Toit 77 73, Jason Ackerman (AMA) 77 73, Bonita Bredenhann NAM 78 72, Murray Smit 70 80, TJ Bekker 70 80

151 – Christiaan Pretorius 75 76, Pieter Kruger 76 75, Terence Boardman 76 75, Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 72 79, Johannes Frahs AUT (AMA) 72 79, Dylan de Beer 77 74

Missed the cut:-

152 – Robert Herselman FRA 75 77, Siphiwe Siphayi (AMA) 77 75, Pierre Viviers 77 75, Jared Burnard 78 74, Wesley Horngren 80 72

153 – Brendan Blake (AMA) 76 77, Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 77 76, Arno Bartholoma GER 79 74

154 – Helgardt Muller 78 76

155 – David Lamprecht 74 81, Byron Garvie 78 77

156 – Matthew Adams (AMA) 75 81, Pedro August (AMA) 75 81, Shaun Bernstein (AMA) 80 76

157 – Rudi Armstrong (AMA) 79 78, Joubert Van Eeden (AMA) 82 75

159 – Mark Fairbank (AMA) 84 75

160 – Craig Dreyer 76 84, Simon Kruger (AMA) 79 81

161 – Victor Nhlapho 79 82, Gustav Gouws (AMA) 80 81, Ramon Rigney 83 78

162 – Nicholas Botha (AMA) 82 80

163 – Matt Milligan (AMA) 83 80

165 – Theo Potgieter (AMA) 91 74

166 – Michael Kok (AMA) 79 87

167 – Mohammed Ismail (AMA) 82 85, Mike Slabber 84 83

170 – Benjamin Cobbett (AMA) 87 83

171 – Nico Du Buisson (AMA) 83 88

N/R – David Marks (AMA) 78 N/R

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