“I don’t tend to play my home course when it’s this windy to be honest.
“I stay home and play the Playstation”
These were the words of Englishman Tom Sloman, 21, after he held his nerve best in the gale to reach the fourth round of the Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen.
Sloman, a plus-four handicapper, saw off the week’s stand-out performer Wilco Nienaber by one hole yesterday after the big South African, 18, put his short par putt on the last just past the hole.
The Taunton and Pickerage member, commenting of the blustery conditions at Balgownie and his great week so far – he was tied for 14th in the strokeplay stage at two-over – added: “I hit two wedges. One (on the second hole) was from 100 yards and it went 60 yards right.
“I don’t think I’ve hit a bad shot.
“It was a slug-fest out there today, but I was only four or five-over-par.
“I didn’t have any expectations coming into this week and I always just try and play golf and it’s worked so far.”
Sloman was set to take on another South African, Ernie Els’ nephew Jovan Rebula, in the quarter-finals today for a shot in the semis.
It was a bad day for South Africa overall, with five of their players in the fourth round draw, but only one left at the end of play.
Rebula beat Howley Hall’s Ben Hutchison by one hole to seal his progress.
Elsewhere, Portmarnock’s Conor Purcell, after knocking out world number six Matthew Jordan by holing a 35-yard pitch from the rough on the 19th hole in the morning, defeated Adam Blomme of Sweden 3&2.
The 21-year-old Irishman, who grew up at Portmarnock, where his dad was pro, said his wonder pitch was “hit and hope”.
The 58-degree wedge sent the ball over a bunker and then it rolled into the cup.
After the later win, which sent him into the quarter-finals, Purcell said: “I’m surpassing whatever I thought I could I do, but I’ll keep playing my own game and see how things work out.
“You can’t get ahead of yourself.”
Purcell was set to take on David Micheluzzi, of Australia, today. The Royal Melbourne man beat Mexico’s Raul Pereda.
Meanwhile, Filton’s Mitch Waite was set to play Sweden’s Christoffer Palsson and Tramore’s Robin Dawson was drawn against Kinsale’s John Murphy in all-Irish clash.
Saturday’s winner over 36 holes at Royal Aberdeen is not only playing for an impressive trophy.
A win in the 123rd edition of the competition will also them a place in the Open Championship and at next year’s Masters and US Open.