Sipho Bujela goes into the third round of the Investec Royal Swazi Open sitting pretty on 22 points and feels with the modified stableford scoring system in place at Royal Swazi Spa Country Club, he too is in with a chance at victory come Saturday. Source : Sunshine Tour
A solid opening round 68 earned him 10 points while he earned a further 12 points in round two for the five-under-par 67 he shot. He gets into moving day feeling quite confident.
“I’m very excited to be in the position I am at now. I have been playing nicely and I have to keep it going because with this format, anything is possible,” he said before teeing off on Friday. “This format gives everyone a chance in that if you score well, you have a real chance of winning here.”
The Vusi Ngubeni Stroke Play champion has played well all week and says it has all to do with his state of mind. “My mind has been in a good space of late and so I am able to play the way I want,” Bujela said. “That is important in this game. If your mind is at a good space, you can play better. Plus I have minimized the mistakes of making many drops so I am very happy with that.”
He has made four bogeys all week long and the 27-year-old says he is on course to fix that too. “I am looking at one bogey per round, or better still, a bogey-free round, and I think I am on the right path to getting there,” Bujela said.
A big-hitting golfer by nature, Bujela feels a combination of aggression and strategy will win this 44-year old event and that it will all go down to who took their chances when the tournament finishes on Saturday.
“With this format you have to take your chances or you will be sad at the end of it all,” said Bujela who is a member of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18. “There are holes to go after, some risk-and-reward shots but you can’t go after every hole because there are some holes that will definitely punish greed.
“So, it’s a matter of mixing it up; a bit of aggression here and some strategy there. Try to find a fairway. Make your putt and move on,” he said.
Bujela and Keenan Davidse are the only members of the Gary Player Class of 2017-18 development programme of the Sunshine Tour in the field on moving day. Jacquin Hess, Heinrich Bruiners and James Kamte all missed the cut.