The Auburn participant is thru to match play after including a level-par 71 at Royal Aberdeen to his 73 at Murcar. He sits at three over.
The rising junior rose up the leaderboard after taking part in Royal Aberdeen’s first eight holes in four underneath with birdies on the fifth and eighth holes, and an eagle on the par-5 sixth. Sadly, he performed the subsequent 10 holes in four over.
“You simply have to make it to the match play,” Rebula stated. “First a part of the job’s performed. Now for the second half. Hyperlinks golf fits me. I can hit it low sufficient to have the ability to maintain it in play. I’m trying ahead to the remainder of the event. I’ll carry my A-game.”
Having a four-time main winner for an uncle has benefited Rebula’s recreation.
“He’s performed rather a lot for me over my profession,” Rebula stated. “We’ve received an excellent relationship. It’s at all times particular to have somebody like you could speak to who’s been in manner greater moments than this.”
Rebula has taken the faculty path to develop his recreation, not like Els. Classmates can’t say his title.
“They only go along with Jo or Yo, or Huge Jo,” Rebula stated.
However his faculty expertise compensates.
“It’s been a giant studying curve however this season went fairly properly,” Rebula stated. “The competitors is large since you get all the fellows who wish to play the PGA Tour, European Tour. They wish to go to school and compete in opposition to the very best and that’s my mission, too.”
Els performed in three straight Amateurs. He suffered first-round losses in 1987 and ’89 however reached the ’88 ultimate at Royal Porthcawl … as caddie for South African teammate Ben Fouchee. Els misplaced in Spherical four however hung round to caddie for Fouchee, who misplaced by one gap to Sweden’s Christian Hardin.
Rebula may have main bragging rights over Uncle Ernie if he can change into solely the second South African-born British Novice winner since Bobby Cole in 1966.