Conor Purcell made it two top-10 finishes in as many Challenge Tour starts as Oliver Bekker breezed to a four-shot win at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in Fancourt Golf Estate.
Having finished in a share of 7th last week, Purcell went one better with a bogey-free 68 and a fourteen-under total, eight shy of Bekker who was a four shot winner.
“I’m very happy, nice to have a bogey free round to close out the week. The game wasn’t really there this week, I was putting well at the start of the week and kind of found a little bit of a swing thought over the weekend and the putter went cold.
“It was a mixed bag all week but nice to get good scores in the bag.
“I putted well inside 8-feet all week, I only missed two greens today which also helped. Any time I hit a bad shot I was in an OK position to advance it so just kept it in play and putted nicely.”
It’s three top-7 finishes on the trot for the Portmarnock native including a career-high 7th on the DP World Tour at December’s Australian Open.
Overall it’s four top-10s in his last six starts either side of the New Year for Purcell who is high on confidence heading into the bulk of the season.
“I’ve taken a lot of confidence from my start to the season, I’m going in the right direction,” said the 25-year-old who picked up birdies on 1, 7, 8 and 16. “Sometimes it can be frustrating when you’re getting close but not able to get to the top. In the big picture the whole year is looking bright and I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s been lovely, playing in sunshine this time of year is really nice. It’s been very hot this week as well so just getting used to that again having not had too many hot days over the winer, I’m enjoying it.”
Meanwhile Derry’s Ruaidhri McGee closed with a two-under 70 for a share of 23rd place on ten-under.