Eikenhof - When he played the Eye of Africa PGA
Championship as a rookie last year, Clinton Grobler's aim was to make the cut
and build a strong-enough base that he could keep his Sunshine Tour playing
He didn't only make the cut that week but was the leading
rookie at the end of the tournament, finishing in an impressive share of 11th.
"Last year was good here," admitted who sits fourth on the
Rookie of the Year race after 16 tournaments.
"I found that you have to be
pretty straight off the tee here. I like a course where you have to hit it
straight, and having the PGA guys here many of whom I knew, was also good. It
was nice for me to finish the way I did because I played well in the week."
His ambition is no longer to play for his card now as he
makes his second appearance here as a professional.
"My aim was just to keep my card," he says ahead of this
year edition which tees off on Thursday at the Eye of Africa Signature Golf
"The aim is a little bit higher than just keeping my card. I want
to finish in the top 30 on the Order of Merit and it's possible with the next
couple of events that are coming up. They are big events and this week is
another chance for me to climb up and finish a little bit better."
He lies 51st on the Order of Merit and a few
results similar to the share of 11th he got here last year or the
second-place finish he got at Humewood in September last year, will surely take
him there and he believes he's got what it takes to move even higher up that
Order of Merit before the season ends.
"I feel much better than last week (at the SA Open)," he
"I've been on holiday for quite a long time and it wasn't that great
for my game. But I've been practising hard this week and hopefully, it will
show. I've done some adjustments on the grips of my clubs and hitting some nice
butter-cuts, so, hopefully, it will show this week. I want to finish better
than last year, a top 10 would be nice."