Smye Ready To Finally Open A First Tour Victory Door At SDC Championship

Scot Connor Syme is determined to finally walk through a first Tour victory door in sharing the lead heading to the final round of the SDC Championship at Eastern Cape in South Africa.

Syme, 28, grabbed seven birdies, including three in succession from the sixth in a round of 67 to be tied at the top on 11-under with England’s Daniel Brown, and two shos clear of the field.

The Scot bogeyed the second in the continuing windy conditions on the Scottish-like St. Francis Links host course before  the first birdie of his ‘moving day’ round at the third and and then finding his way to the top thanks to scores of 4, 2 and 3 from the sixth hole ahead of ending his outward nine with a bogey.

Syme then birdied the 11th hole for a second day running ahead of playing a great tee-shot to around 10-feet behind the cup at the par-3 14th while he also then birdied the par-5 16th for a second day running

“I was delighted with that round and really pleased as I putted really nicely today”, he said.

“It’s always tricky in the breeze here to judge your shots and your pace on the green in this wind.  So, I did that really well today.

“As you know, I was here last year and it was an event I definitely ear-marked that I wanted to come back to and have another go at it this year.

“It’s also a really, really cool part of the world and happy to be back”.

The Fifer is contesting his 148th DP World Tour event enjoying three thirds, four third-place results and 14 other top-10s.

However, Syme is the only Scot among the field of Tartan players currently enjoying DP World Tour membership who has yet to win on Tour.

And after the disappointment in finishing third last week in Kenya, Syme is now even more determined to claim that maiden Tour title this week on the Scottish-like St. Francis Links course.

Syme said: “I’m just taking it as it comes. I had a great opportunity last week in Kenya but didn’t quite have my best stuff off over the closing nine holes.

“Yes, it’s another opportunity for a first Tour win and me and my caddy will be out there trying to again get our numbers right, so hopefully we can do that tomorrow and looking forward to the challenge”.

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