Garrick Porteous made a fantastic start to his rookie season on the European Tour. He finished tied 11th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship played at Leopard Creek Country Club, South Africa.
Garrick opened with a 66 (-6) making six birdies in a blemish-free round to be tied second. He said:
“I was just at Q-School last week, and just got my card, so it’s great to start with a bogey-free six-under. I was just trying to plot my way round. I did that very well last week for six rounds at Q-School, but to bring it to a tournament is exciting.”
“I’m sharp and in a good frame of mind, but it’s a lot of golf, so you’re pretty tired. But with minimal time difference from England travelling down, it’s not a big issue. I’ve been here before in 2014, so I know what to expect – it’s such a great place. I really enjoy it.”
Leopard Creek was playing the toughest it had ever been on the European Tour with a score average of 74.34 throughout the week.
Garrick followed up his opening 66 with a pair of 75’s to leave him tied 17th going into the final round. He played really well on day four shooting 70 (-2) to finish the tournament tied 11th and just miss out on a top 10 spot.
Garrick is now looking forward to some ‘down time’, rest and preparing for further tournaments in January. He knows the hard work will have to continue if he wishes to maintain this level of performance in 2020.