Mketekete eyes Pre-Open classic

HARARE - Fresh from winning the last Zambezi Tour tournament, Ignatius Mketekete hopes he will do the same when the Pre-Open Classic tees off at Royal Harare Golf Club this morning. 

Mketekete rallied from behind to win the Tour Players Championship ahead of Tongo Charamba at the first play-off hole.

Mketekete and Charamba were tied on five-under 136 at the end of the tournament held at Wingate Park Golf Club. 

The Chapman Golf Club-based golfer is confident of making a strong showing at the $10 000 tournament that will be played over two rounds.

“It felt good to win and after a very long time without a victory it brought back a lot of confidence,” Mketekete told the Daily News yesterday.

“It’s a dream of every golfer to win every tournament you play in and for me it’s the same with the Pre-Open Classic.

“I enjoyed my practice round at Royal Harare yesterday and I think I just need to keep it simple when the tournament starts on Friday(tomorrow).

“In golf, he who plays well will win the tournament and I just wish good luck to all the guys who are taking part.” 

Mketekete feels the change he made to his golf swing recently has been the turning point for his game.

“I’ve been working on my swing. I changed the swing that I used for the past two years. Three months back I decided to go back to my old swing,” he revealed.

“I’m not yet feeling it but I will keep on working on it until I get it right. Last week, at Wingate I think reverting back to my old swing helped me a lot.”

Last year’s Pre-Open Classic winner Ryan Cairns is back in the country to defend his title.  

“It always feels good to be back home and the Royal Harare is my favourite course since I grew up playing there,” said Cairns.

“I’m always grateful and happy to take part in any tournament that is held at Royal Harare.”

Cairns enters the Pre-Open Classic after making the cut at the Dimension Data Pro-Am and the Tshwane Open on the Sunshine Tour.

“The more tournaments you play the better golf you play. I’m playing some solid golf at the moment and even in those two tournaments I failed to make the cut, I had scores of two-under,” he said.

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