Daniel van Tonder
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Daniel van Tonder continued his dominance of the Sunshine Tour’s Rise-Up Sequence as he opened with a nine-under-par 63 together with two eagles to guide the primary spherical of the Vodacom Championship Reloaded at Huddle Park Golf Membership on Wednesday.
Van Tonder is one away from Christiaan Basson and Louis de Jager, and with two rounds to go he’s on observe to say his third victory on the five-tournament Rise-Up Sequence.
“Every thing about my sport simply feels actually good in the intervening time. I’m very glad. I performed easy golf once more. I hit driver so much and gave myself probabilities to hit wedges near the pins. I made one bogey on the par-three third gap the place I hit it over the inexperienced, however after that I made just a few birdies and two eagles so I’m fairly glad,” he mentioned.
Musiwalo Nethunzwi is barely two pictures off the lead after opening with a 65, whereas younger star Jayden Schaper is in rivalry as soon as once more after signing for a 66.
However Van Tonder is taking part in with such confidence in the intervening time that it will be arduous to see previous him including a 3rd title on the collection this week.
“I feel it helps that I’ve bought some good sponsors behind me now, and that takes lots of strain off. I can go on the market and play my golf,” he mentioned.
His confidence shone by means of in his two eagles. On the par-five sixth gap he hit a seven iron to 10 toes from the outlet and holed the putt. After which on the par-five 14th he lipped out with a lob wedge for an albatross, leaving him a tap-in for eagle there.
“The wind was blowing fairly a bit, however for some motive the more severe the climate will get the higher it’s for me. I prefer it powerful,” he mentioned.
As a lot as he’s happy along with his present type, Van Tonder believes he’s taking part in to the sort of potential he’s at all times believed he’s had.
“I’ve at all times felt that I wish to be certainly one of South Africa’s greatest golfers. I simply wish to get abroad and show myself, and I really feel like I’m simply working in direction of getting that probability to go over there.”