Sunshine Tour

Blaauw aiming for a win

2015-09-09 16:54
Jacques Blaauw (Gallo Images)

Parys - After his stellar second place in the Tshwane Open in March, Jacques Blaauw has been seeking a fourth Sunshine Tour title. This week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf event presented by Samsung offers him an opportunity to follow up on his 2013 successes.

Blaauw shot a final-round 61 at Pretoria Country Club to run eventual Tshwane Open winner George Coetzee close, and he has four top 10 finishes since then for his efforts – but he would love a victory to make his good season even better according to the Sunshine Tour website

“It’s been a pretty good year for me,” he said, “but I’d really like to add a win to my 2015 season.”

In his last two Sunshine Tour events, Blaauw finished fourth in the corresponding Vodacom Origins of Golf event at San Lameer, and in a share of the same position in the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge.

He’s been trying to fit in a few starts on The European Tour, too, in an attempt to get himself ready to have a tilt at making a career on that circuit. His best result came in last week’s M2M Russian Open where he finished in a share of 28th, but a stint at home and a good result or two might be better for him than struggling abroad.

“It’s not been too difficult for me overseas,” he said. “I’ve played abroad enough to be comfortable there, but it’s certainly true that the standard on the European Tour is higher, so you really have to be on your game to get a top 10 finish.

“And in Russia, I had a great week – I made 22 birdies. But I only finished five-under-par, so I am dropping too many shots to get to the top of the leaderboard.”

In 2013, when he won three Sunshine Tour titles, it seemed his career was on a rapidly ascending curve, and while he has hardly disgraced himself since then – he finished one spot higher on the 2014 Order of Merit than he did in 2013, in 21st, and he’s currently riding high in second place with nearly R3-million in prize money – he knows how uplifting a victory would be.

“It’s good to be in familiar territory, and I know that my game is on an upward trajectory, so I’m looking forward to the week,” he said.

The 54-hole R650,000 tournament at Vaal de Grace gets underway on Thursday.

Read more on:    sunshine tour  |  golf
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.