5th May 2017 | Big Easy Tour
Viljoen flourishing in Wanderers wind
Jason Viljoen carded a two-under-par 69 in round two of the Big Easy Tour Championship at Wanderers Golf Club to take a six-stroke lead into the final day on five-under-par.
Viljoen started the day co-leading with N.J. Arnoldi, Desne Van Den Bergh and Etienne Bond on three-under-par for the tournament, and the 22-year-old battled against the challenging conditions to be the only player under-par for the tournament.
â€œYeah Iâ€™m happy. It was tough conditions out there. It wasnâ€™t too hot or too cold but the wind was definitely playing a big role and itâ€™s tough to stop the ball on the greens,â€ explained Viljoen.
As Viljoenâ€™s compatriots battled in the gusting conditions, a measured approach paid off and if he produces more of the same tomorrow he will be tough to beat.
â€œYou just have to try and hit the ball a little bit softer. I donâ€™t really change much, just try hit it a little bit lower and softer,â€ he said.
Currently lying second on the Big Easy Order of Merit, Viljoen looks to have a promising future. With five top-10s this season, a first win could spark something special as he looks forward to the challenge of the Sunshine Tour.
â€œI need to start playing well in those as well. I need to try and keep it the same. Obviously there is a bit of a mental change but itâ€™s all the same in the end and itâ€™s all in the mind,â€ said Viljoen.
With the Sunshine Tour events in mind, Viljoen has sought the help of a sports psychologist and he says itâ€™s a relationship that is building him up to perform more consistently.
â€œIâ€™m working with a sports psychologist. We talk regularly and try to work out how to think on the golf course. Iâ€™m looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully it will be a good day.â€
Francois Coetzee, Desne Van Den Bergh and N.J. Arnoldi are Viljoenâ€™s closest challengers on one-over-par, while Daniel Hammond â€“ last years Tour Championship winner â€“ is tied for fifth with Jacquin Hess on two-over-par for the tournament.