Syme Pleased To Birdie The Last In Another Windy SDC Championship Testing Round

It was still windy on day two of the SDC Championship but making it even more tricky, as Scot Connor Syme said, was that it was blowing from the opposite direction on the St. Francis Links course at Eastern Cape in South Africa.

Syme, 32, was out in the morning half of the draw and found himself in and out of the lead in the event over his opening nine holes thanks to three birdies and just the one dropped shot.

However, the Scot headed to his inward nine, and the outward half on the course only to double the first and also drop a shot at his 12th hole and the third on the scorecard.  It sent Syme down the board before the delight in birdieing his 14th or the fifth before also grabbing a birdie at his closing hole in an eventual round of a one-under 71 and a six-under tally.

Syme said: “It was a lot windier out there today than I kind of expected, and the coming-in from a complete 180 to yesterday, so a very different challenge.

“I didn’t play anywhere near as good as Thursday but managed to shoot one-under that was really pleasing.

“The golf course is quite wide, and if you do miss the fairways it can be quite penal, so with the breeze up you really need to keep your ball flight under control.  If it’s a little bit off like I was out there today then that’s why you heard me saying a few times out there: ‘Get down! get down!'(smiling).

“So, yep, it was a bit of a grinder but I was happy I made a really great birdie there on nine.  So pleased with that”,

Fellow Scots Ewen Ferguson and Richie Ramsay are just outside the top-40 on level par while Aberdonian David Law at 12-under missed the cut.

Englishman Daniel Brown leads the way by three shots at 11-under thanks to rounds of 66 and 67 while the South African pair of Robin Tiger Williams (69 & 67) and Shaun Norris (65 & 67) share second at eight-under.

Williams got his middle name thanks to his mother while his father had wished to give him the middle name of Sachin after Indian cricketing great, Sachin Tendulkar.

That was in  2001 when the youngster was born and the same year Woods became the only golfer to win four consecutive Majors.

However, while the Williams’ hail from Stellenbosch they moved to Aberdeen in Scotland when Robin was eight due to his father’s work commitments and it was there in the ‘Granite City’ he found his joy for golf.

Then in 2017, he was handed a special invitation to the British Masters at Close House, making his European Tour debut at the age of 16 (where he missed the cut) and also competed in the co-sanctioned Joburg Open.

A year later Robin was part of the Junior Ryder Cup squad at Golf Disneyland in Paris and then in visiting the Ryder Cup at Le Natonal outside of Versailles it was he and his team-mates here met Woods.

“I looked up to Tiger – and still do – for as long as I can remember and watched videos of him in the tournaments he has won. I really admired him and tried to be like him”, said Williams.

“All I saw was him on TV and then when I met him and had a 20 to 30 second conversation with him which was so nice for me and something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Hopefully, it won’t be my last encounter with him.”

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