1st December 2015 | Big Easy IGT Golf
Swart and Cayeux taste sweet success at Centurion
TSHWANE, 1 December 2015 – They had very different reasons to celebrate, but Juan Swart and Marc Cayeux were the two happiest campers at Centurion Country Club as second round action wrapped up in the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School on Tuesday.
Local favourite Swart overhauled first round leaders Pieter Kruger and Russell Franz with a sizzling 66 to soar to a one stroke lead on 11-under-par 133 in the last event in the Race to Q-School series, presented by the Pro Squad Academy.
Nine-time Sunshine Tour winner Cayeux followed an opening 76 with a two under 72 to finish two over to make the cut in his first competitive outing since a devastating car crash cut short his promising career in 2010.
Kruger and Franz opened with a pair of 64s and match each other with rounds of 70 to tie for second, while Jason Diab carded a 67 to move into sole fourth on nine under.
Swart, who completed his BSc Sport Science degree at the University of Pretoria in June, broke through for his maiden pro title on the country’s premier development Tour in July and bagged his second victory in August.
The Centurion golfer hopes to hunt down a third trophy with the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School looming next week.
“It’s my first trip to Q-School and I have heard all about how gruelling it can be, so it will be great to head to Bloemfontein with a bit of confidence,” the 25-year-old Port Elizabeth native said.
“The members here at Centurion all encouraged me to play this year, so I guess if I can close this out I owe them big time.”
Swart reversed a bogey at 11 with a birdie 12 and reeled in further gains at 14, 15 and 18 to turn three under and got in touch with the overnight leaders after draining a 10 meter putt at the par-five first for an eagle.
“I hit a great drive and had about 190 meters to the pin,” he said. “I took a six-iron but the approach landed on miles away from the pin. The putt had a double break, but I struck it perfectly and it walked straight into the hole.
“I picked up two more birdies at four and eight, but lost a two shot lead when I bogeyed nine. I was one over through nine holes in the first round and would have taken it at that stage, so I’m really pleased to be in this position going into the final round.”
Cayeux played a solid opening round, but dropped four shots around the turn in round one. He offset three bogeys with five birdies to finish in a tie for 37th on five over.
“It was an overwhelming first day, but it filled me with joy to see that the last five years haven’t gone to waste,” the Zimbabwean said.
“It’s a lot of fun to have Jana (wife) caddie for me for the first time in 13 years and it was really nice to dip into red figures today. Now we are aiming to finish level for the tournament.”