Mutahi, elder brother to amateur golfer Njoroge Kibugu who was the sole Kenyan to make the cut in last year's event, played for par in the second rounds to maintain his three under par score
"It feels amazing. Especially to hole that putt on the last, in front of my family, friends, everyone. I’m still excited."
This was the reaction of 22-year-old Muthaiga's Mutahi Kibugu, the only Kenyan who made the cut after two rounds at this year's Magical Kenya Open (MKO).
Mutahi, elder brother to amateur golfer Njoroge Kibugu who was the sole Kenyan to make the cut in last year's event, played for par in the second rounds to maintain his three under par score after two rounds.
He tees off on Saturday 11 March at 9.26 am alongside Connor Syme and Oliver Bekker as he looks to better his score and move up the leaderboard after the third round.
"Now I have calmed down a bit. I had a bit of pressure on the last two holes, but I knew if I kept in my game I could probably get one birdie and I would be alright. I saw the cut was projected minus one, so I knew I was fine. I wasn’t going to make a bogey on the last there.
The birdie on 18 was amazing. I’ll be watching that for 50 years. That’s what dreams are.
It’s an amazing accomplishment by our family. That last putt, I remembered my small brother and I was sure he wanted me to drain that putt for the crowd. It’s an amazing accomplishment, a year on and another Kibugu is in the weekend at the Kenya Open. I feel good. I’m just going to continue having fun, enjoy the weekend and keep dreaming.
There are hundreds of people I want to thank. Some of my coaches since I was younger were all here just watching, shouting my first name, which is Wilburn. It was amazing to do that in front of all of them and I’m happy to make them proud," an excited Mutahi said after making cut.
Spain's Nacho Elvira produced a magnificent birdie-birdie-eagle finish to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the four-day event.
"Maybe a couple more putts dropped the last few days and that makes it a good score. I didn’t look at the leaderboard (before starting). We had a game plan, we tried to stick to it. We tried to enjoy the moment.
It's my caddie’s first week with me, I've been struggling trying to enjoy myself on the golf course and I’m trying to do that at the moment.
I'm just trying not to worry too much about it. I guess I was putting too much pressure on myself trying to make things work when everything was actually working. I was trying to be too perfect on every part of my game.