25th February 2014 | Big Easy IGT Golf

US’s Taylor in the driver’s seat at IGT Krugersdorp

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Krugersdorp (25 February 2014) – In spite of trying weather conditions, several suspensions and two ‘silly mistakes’, American Brandon Taylor has given himself a chance to bag his first professional title at the IGT Series Krugersdorp on Tuesday.

The leading players spent nearly four-and-a-half hours holed up in the club house as heavy rain flooded the par-72 layout at Krugersdorp Golf Club, but the joint overnight leader kept his grip on the third IGT Series tournament with a two-under-par 70.

“It was pretty disruptive, because it breaks your momentum and just when you get into a rhythm, you have to come off again” said Taylor, who holds a three shot lead on seven under 137. “But you just have to go back out there and get the job done.”

Taylor will have Portugal’s Antonio Rosado and Gian Scarola from South Africa for company in the final match on Wednesday. Rosado vaulted to four under with a 68, while Scarola shot a 73 to tie for second.

The American finds himself in unfamiliar territory after picking up a pair of birdies on each nine, but dropping two shots on the homeward stretch.

“I only played five professional tournaments before I came out to South Africa, and two of those were one-day events, so this is definitely a first for me,” the 25-year-old from La Quinta said.

“This is what the IGT Tour is all about, though; we play here to learn how to compete and to hone our skills. I’m not going into the final round with any major expectations. I’ll play the same game as I’ve done over the last two days.

“I just won’t go for the pins like I did at the 14th and 17th, though; those were stupid, silly bogeys.”

Rosado, who followed his girlfriend Rita Capalinha to her native South Africa last year, teed it up on the IGT Tour last year and was pleased to be in contention.

“I had a good day out there, hit the ball really solid and I putter well,” said Rosado, whose one bogey was offset by five birdies.

The 29-year-old Portuguese player has teed it up in several European Tour and European Challenge Tour events and will carry that experience into the final round.

“I never held a card for either Tour, but I had the opportunity to play in quite a few events, so I know about final round pressure. I’m comfortable that I will handle it fine.”

Scarola overcame a double-bogey at the first with a birdie at the second, but had two more bogeys against two gains for his 73.

With two seasons on the Sunshine Tour, the Northriding pro will carry the most experience into the final round and could put the foreigners under early pressure.

“I struggled to maintain a decent rhythm with all the stop-starts, and I wasn’t hitting the ball great,” said the 32-year-old. “The putter kept me in contention, though, so I just need the irons to behave early on.”

Meanwhile Herman Minnie began the day 10 shots off the pace after an opening 77, and after an early bogey and double bogey, looked like missing the cut, which was set at 10 over 154.

The former top amateur’s putter caught fire on the homeward stretch, though, and Minnie reeled in five birdies for a loop of 31 that lifted him to a tie for 19th on three over 147.

SECOND ROUND SCORES:

137 – Brandon Taylor USA 67 70

140 – Antonio Rosado POR 72 68, Gian Scarola 67 73

141 – Leon Scheepers (AMA) 69 72

142 – Sam Botham ENG 73 69, MJ Viljoen 72 70, Werner van Niekerk 70 72, Coert Groenewald 70 72

143 – Lean Boezaart 72 71, Johann Mostert 72 71, Otto van Greunen 71 72, Thomas Lovett 70 73

144 – Keegan Steyn (AMA) 71 73, Tyron McComb 74 70, Hyun Park KOR 76 68

145 – John McClean NIR 71 74

146 – Duane Keun 74 72, Kerwin Marais 73 73

147 – Willie Steyn 75 72, Calvin Caldeira (AMA) 74 73, David Riddle 73 74, Herman Minnie 77 70, Arno Bartholoma (AMA) 72 75, Wayne Stroebel 71 76

148 – Pieter Kruger 75 73

149 – Pieter Van der Linde (AMA) 74 75, TJ Bekker 73 76, Henry Featherstone ENG 77 72, Brad Diffenthal 72 77, Will Mathews USA 74 75, Jerry Steyn 69 80

151 – Mike Quinn 75 76, Eugene van Loggerenberg 76 75, Graham van den Berg (AMA) 73 78

152 – Ted Hendriks 76 76, Jeandre Fourie 74 78, Christiaan Pretorius 77 75, Jason Diab (AMA) 72 80

153 – Lucas Steyn 73 80

154 – Alwyn Vorster 76 78, Nico Groenewald (AMA) 77 77, Niel Meyer (AMA) 77 77

 

Missed the cut:-

155 – Tiaan Swart (AMA) 76 79, Ruan van Blerk 76 79

156 – Mike Downes 76 80

157 – Ryan Wingrove (AMA) 79 78

158 – Werner Lourens (AMA) 78 80, David Lamprecht (AMA) 79 79, Shaun van Tonder 80 78, Danie Pretorius 82 76

159 – Rob Menzies ENG 77 82

160 – Craig Dreyer 82 78, Russell Jaques (AMA) 83 77

161 – Michael Jooste (AMA) 73 88

163 – Houston Harwood (AMA) 74 89, Mohammed Ismail (AMA) 81 82, Matthew Kiewitz (AMA) 88 75

166 – Stephan De Beer (AMA) 78 88, Chris Haefele 83 83

171 – Leroy Robertson (AMA) 89 82

172 – Rinus Brink (AMA) 81 91, Danel Van Den Berg (AMA) 85 87

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