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McIntyre chuffed with SA Open start

Sunshine Tour rookie David McIntyre was very pleased after firing a five-under-par 66 for the opening round of the South African Open Championship hosted by City of Joburg at Randpark Golf Club on Thursday.

“I am really chuffed for the solid start,” McIntyre said after finishing his round at Bushwillow Course in the tournament that is played over Bushwillow and Firethorn for the opening two round ahead of the final two on Firethorn.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to start such a big event. I am still new on the tour. So, it has been such a treat this week for me.”

McIntyre was not intimidated by the big stage and with support from his loved ones he took the bull by the horns.

“For sure it is really crucial to get to a good start to this type of a tournament,” he said.

“Obviously for me, I have never been in a co-sanctioned event before. So, it is going to take a different kind of nerve for me, if that makes sense. But yeah, it is such a big opportunity for me. I did not really have nerves on my first tee here. I had quite a few supporters from my family and friends. So, I felt really comfortable out there.”

The Eagle Canyon Golf Estate player impressed himself by navigating the course well and he only made a single bogey on the par-three eighth.

“Basically, I just made a couple of putts, hit fairways and hit greens on the back nine which are the things that worked well for me,” he said.

“It is pretty simple or it is not simple, but I made it pretty simple. I drove the ball really well today. I’d definitely say that was my strongest point today.”

The 22-year-old who gained his card through Qualifying School in March this year would want to continue posting good results as the second-oldest open championship in the world progresses after he had poor finishes in his last five starts.

McIntyre has made three cuts in 16 starts in the 2018-19 Sunshine Tour season and failed to qualify three times. The solid opening round should be good enough to calm those nerves ahead of the next three rounds.


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