Brazilian Da Silva surges into Africa Open lead
Brazilian Adilson Da Silva chipped in twice on his homeward nine on Friday to finish the delayed opening round of the co-sanctioned Africa Open Golf Challenge at 10-under-par 62 for a four-stroke lead.
Da Silva holed his chip shot on the 488-metre 15th at East London Golf Club, and then his chip on the 18th nestled into the hole to give him a commanding edge over second-placed Jaco van Zyl.
He admitted his late start on Thursday — after a delay of nearly three hours due to high winds — gave him an advantage over the morning field in the first round.
“I got a good break yesterday,” Da Silva said.
“It was extremely hard out there for the morning field, and then I got the break and I just started making some putts.” Besides the two greens where he chipped it in and didn’t need to use his putter, it was putting that brought about Da Silva’s best-ever round as a professional, surpassing the course-record equalling 63 he fired in the closing round of the Sun City Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club in 2011.
“I somehow just felt the pace, and my caddie and I are reading the greens very well,” he said.
“My putting’s been letting me down lately, and it just came alive. I must have had 23, 24 putts, which must make it my best round in putting.” John Parry of England was two shots behind Van Zyl in third place.