Frittelli Goes His Own Way for Joburg Open

Frittelli Goes His Own Way for Joburg Open

It also sees the field growing from 206 to 240 professionals, which means the stakes have been upped for the golfers aiming to clinch the prestigious winner's title, one of three qualifying spots for The Open Championship, or be among the prize money finishers of the tournament for their share of the R16.5-million prize purse.

The 28-year-old took advantage of playing the shorter Bushwillow course to finish eight-under, and his day could have been even better had he not bogeyed the par-three sixth.

The two-time European Tour victor kept a bogey off his card and made three straight birdies on the front nine before picking up four shots in six holes after the turn to vault into the share of second place. I've worked very hard.

"I haven't played Bushwillow yet so I will have that blind, but I have my caddie and yardage book so I'm sure will figure it out and make some birdies", he said. So, it's totally changed since the last time I played it. I was in hospital for four days.so I'm very chuffed about this.

He is joined by James Morrison, Sebastian Heisele and South African trio Jared Harvey, Erik Van Rooyen and Ockie Strydom.

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"When I played the Sunshine Tour event at Simola my little boy was sick with a bad chest".

"I played here as a junior", he said. "I therefore had no expectations coming into this week".

Six-under was the best any player who tackled the second course could manage, Dean Burmester one of another six to sign for a 66. And I can hit a drive straight down the middle, that's really all you need.

Fichardt finished 68th on the European tour's Race to Dubai in the 2017 season and is looking forward to using the South African events in the form of the Joburg Open‚ the BMW SA Open and the Tshwane Open.

"I think some guys maybe lean too much on being familiar with the golf course but for me, if I walk on to that first tee and I'm feeling fresh, ready to go".

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