Victorian Jack Wilson has overcome wild wet weather and two delays to lead the morning field in round two of the SEC NZ PGA Championship.
An incredible score of 8-under 64 on a chilly 12 degree Christchurch morning has moved Wilson’s total to 12-under par after two rounds.
With morning tee times delayed by 45 minutes due to overnight rain, weather has continued to play a big part in the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournament.
“When we started yesterday it was pretty windy and we came out today to a 45 minute delay, 10 degrees colder, it is good to walk away with a number like that,” said Wilson.
“To do it in weather like that was fantastic. I’ve managed to walk away with a birdie on the last as well so you’ve got to be happy with that.”
Wilson was left with just two shots to play in his second round before another delay was called as water flooded sections of the Pegasus Golf and Sports Club layout, a situation that Wilson found tough to handle from a mental standpoint.
“I thought it was pretty hard to deal with,” he said. “We’d played in it pretty much all day, but at least in the same conditions for two hours and then just as I’m about to finish the siren decides to go.
“Once you get past being a bit annoyed we sat in front of a heater, had a pie and you can’t control that so you deal with what you can and get things dry, then we went out and finished it off.
Not a fan of the wet weather the Victorian credits caddy Rizz for improving his mindset and making his game easier.
“I’m very lucky to have the super caddy on the bag,” added Wilson. “When the weather gets like that it is a big help to have someone else there.”
“I stole the umbrella, he got really wet, he made sure all of the clubs were dry, and for someone who doesn’t know golf very well he’s doing an incredible job.
“That was down to him today. He made it as easy as possible, when it started coming in pretty heavy you could see that he was getting a little on edge but we did a good job and I got lucky on one hole but otherwise the putter was just really hot so it was good fun.
Keeping things fun remains a big part of Wilson’s game and it is caddy Rizz who is often happy to oblige.
“I made three birdies in a row and when I make three birdies in a row we call it a turkey and when I do that Rizz has to act like a turkey,” Wilson laughed.
“He was dancing around like a turkey on the fifth hole today and that was probably the highlight, it always is.
“I was just disappointed that I lipped out on 16 for another one which would have been quite funny to make him do that twice in a round.”
With the wet weather expected to stay this evening before a finer day tomorrow, Wilson hopes his score will hold up as overnight leader Josh Geary takes to the course in the afternoon field.
“If the conditions stay like they are now I’ve got everything crossed that it comes back in as heavy as what it was when we were out there, that would be really nice,” joked Wilson.
“If it stays like this, Josh is in awesome form. It’d just be good to be there come Sunday to be hanging onto his coattails and be somewhere near it when we get to the last six holes, it’d be good fun.”
Also playing in the morning round, Nick Flanagan and Denzel Ieremia have fired 2-under and 3-under par respectively in round two to sit tied for second place, each on a total of 8-under the card.
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