14th April 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf
Strydom strides to Metropolitan Classic lead
Strydom overhauled joint overnight leaders Adrian Ford and Davidse with a three-under-par 67 to move to seven under 133.
The leads by one from Davidse, who signed for a 69, and is two strokes ahead of top ranked Western Province amateur Ian Snyman, who also returned a 67. Ford slipped 137 after a two over 72.
The first IGT Tour Cape event is proving a happy hunting ground for Strydom and Davidse, who both elected to skip the Zimbabwe Open to sharpen their skills in the 54-hole event.
Strydom and his coach Teddy Webber have been putting in a lot of hours at Atlantic Beach and the 23-year-old was pleased to test his swing changes under tournament conditions on home soil.
“In the past, we would have had to fly to Joburg to compete on the IGT Tour Gauteng, so the timing of the new IGT Tour Cape could not have been better,” said Strydom.
“Teddy and I are working on my driving accuracy, but you never know how the changes will hold up under pressure. I’m really pleased that I have this chance to test it and sharpen my game.
“I am striking the ball very well and it would be nice to leave for the Zambia Open next week with a win under the belt.”
Strydom surrounded a bogey at the fifth with birdies at three, four and six and followed a drop at the 10th with pair of birdies at 14 and 17.
“It wasn’t one of my best days with the putter, but it wasn’t all bad news either,” Strydom said. “I hit almost all the greens in regulation and most of my approaches landed close to the hole.
“I boxed at least half of the putts for birdies, so the short game is not too rusty.”
Davidse’s summer swing was compromised by a lower back injury and a cracked thumb. The De Zalze pro was equally pleased to be shooting red numbers again.
“It’s so great to be competing and to get the rust off,” he said after a two-bogey round.
“The doctors wanted me to rest the thumb another week, but I just got too restless. I needed to get competitive before Zambia and challenging here has done my confidence the world of good.”
Snyman is heading for college in the United States in August and is enjoying his debut on the country’s premier development Tour.
“It’s really great to rub shoulders with the pros,” the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation player said.
“It’s true what they say; it really lifts your game and your focus and it pushes you to go for shots and play more creative shots you wouldn’t normally try on the amateur circuit. I had a solid round out there, and I hope I can keep it up and chase JP and Keenan coming down the stretch tomorrow.”
SECOND ROUND SCORES – Top 10
133 Jean-Paul Strydom 66 67
134 Keenan Davidse 65 69
135 Ian Snyman AMA 68 67
137 Adrian Ford 65 72
138 Andrew Light 70 68
139 Jason Diab 70 69; Philip Esau AMA 67 72
140 Armandt Scholtz AMA 73 67; Joubert Van Eeden AMA 69 71
141 Cameron Esau 75 66; 141 Kyle Lee 71 70