Port Edwards – Titch Moore carded a seven-under-par 63 on Wednesday to set up a shot at the title in the R600 000 Wild Waves Golf Challenge at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.
Moore followed his first round 65 to post 12 under for the two rounds, one-stroke ahead of Andrew Curlewis, who also signed for a 63, with Desvonde Botes a further shot back on a total of 10-under-par with one round left to play.
Moore, who was out for 2011 with elbow problems, returned to tournament play in 2012 with a quiet year by his standards. He said he had been doing a lot of practising.
“And trying to do the right things – doing a lot of stretching and trying to work on my fitness a bit. I’ve put a lot of effort in over the last two or three months and it’s starting to pay off.”
While he was frustrated by his putting last week, when he finished in a share of fifth in the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Langebaan, it was better during his 63 on the 5807-metre par-70 Wild Coast layout.
“(My putting is) a lot better than last week,” said Moore.
“I managed to hole a couple of nice putts. Last week was frustrating for me. From tee-to-green it was probably about as good as I could get, but I just couldn’t hole a thing.”
It was approach play which set up his round.
“There were one or two iffy iron shots out there, but I still caught the green and managed to two-putt. I gave myself a lot of chances, but there were still a few putts left out there,” he said.
Were it not for a bogey on 15, defending champion Trevor Fisher jun. would have equalled the course record of nine-under-par 61. He carded 62, turning in 29 with six birdies on the opening nine, but from then, he seemed to battle to score again. After the bogey, he eagled 16, birdied 17 and made par on 18.
Fisher Jun. is four adrift of Moore’s lead, but he closed with a 67 to win last year and cannot be counted out. – Sapa