HARARE – Zimbabwean golfer Mark Williams made a good start at the triple-sanctioned AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the Heritage Golf Club as he currently sits in seventh place on the leaderboard.
This tournament is sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, the European Tour and the Asian Tour and carries a €1m prize fund.
Williams signed for 69 in the first round on Thursday before yesterday’s second round 66 which left him on seven-under 135 after 36 holes.
The Zimbabwean is currently three shots behind tournament leader Arjun Atwal, who is one 10-under 132 largely due to his blistering opening round 62.
Williams’ compatriot Scott Vincent has also had a decent start to the tournament and currently sits in 36th place on the leaderboard with a score of four-under 140 after identical rounds of 70 and 70.
Vincent is very much likely to make the cut which was projected at one-under par.
Meanwhile, South African Ockie Strydom, who has come second on four occasions this season, is hoping to set himself up for a win going in the final two rounds.
Strydom opened the tournament with a 66 and fired a 68 yesterday and now sits in fourth place on the leaderboard as he trails Atwal by only two shots.
“I’m feeling good about things and I’m confident,” Strydom told the Sunshine Tour website.
“I haven’t been this confident in a long time, so I hope nothing distracts me and I can keep going with it. I’m even more confident that I was in some of the Sunshine Tour events — big-time!
“It’s just a mental thing, and all the support I’m getting from the family — my wife, my parents, my caddie — and all my friends back home. That makes you feel good.”
The South African is pleased with the Heritage Golf Club layout which he hopes can give him his first win on the Sunshine Tour.
“I struggled with the greens on the back nine, but I managed to make a birdie or two.
“A lot of the putts looked as if they would go left, and they went right. But I managed to work it out in the end.
“Standing on the first tee box in a tournament like this, for the first time in I don’t know how many years, was a bit nerve-wracking, but I kept it cool, kept patient and the golf just happened.
“It would be huge for me to pull off my first Sunshine Tour win in a tournament like this. I don’t know how many second places I have — I think it’s like eight, nine, 10.
“I hope this is the one where I break through. We’ll see what happens after Sunday (tomorrow).”