An unprecedented fourth win in a row for Sean Bradley at the Royal Cape Open. Bradley, who was defending champion at this year’s Royal Cape Open managed to hang in to take the title and create some more history in the Premier Amateur Tour (PAT).
He was the first player to win three events in a row – that run started at Kuils River, Strand and Milnerton. And now he has done four in a row. What is remarkable about the fourth win is that there was a break of eight weeks after his win at Milnerton and his Royal Cape title.
By his own admission he didn’t play his best golf, as he left himself lengthy birdie putts to make. After round one he had only made one birdie and found himself in a group of several players on -1.
With the wind strengthening in the afternoon Bradley didn’t have much more luck on the greens and finished on a total 2-under-par 142. He was two shots clear of Carlo O’Reilly who finished on level par 144.
Round one leader, Somerset West’s Jason Hale on -3, found it difficult to keep his momentum going and dropped four shots on his outward nine. He rallied with an eagle on the par 5, 7th hole that cancelled out two more bogeys and signed for 1-over-par total 143 to tie with Michael Sherriff.
The Royal Cape Open was Sean Bradley’s last event as an amateur as he has now joined the professional ranks. He is hoping to get some invites to some local professional events before he heads off at the end of December to Q School in Thailand for the Asian Tour.