Resurgent Mulroy wins in ParysResurgent Mulroy wins in Parys Garth Mulroy fired in back-to-back birdies in the last three holes en route to winning the Vodacom Origins of Golf on a total of 10-under-par 206 at Parys Golf and Country Estate, on Saturday. “I was few shots back always, two, three, four behind Keith (Horne) all day,” he said about capitalising on an opportunity presented by Horne, the overnight leader who was his playing partner, after he made a double-bogey on 13th which narrowed the three-shot gap he had opened. “He (Horne) got an unlucky break on one of the holes on back nine. He made a double and that opened the door a little bit, but the other guys on eighth to ninth made a few shots ahead of me too. So, I knew I needed a good and strong finish. I said to my caddie, that we need to make some now and I would putt the next two holes. I left it to the last three. I was just fortunate enough to be one ahead,” he said. The winner of the 2008 Vodacom Origins of Golf Arabella said it also helped him to keep a close eye on Horne as they navigated the course. “It gets you more focused, when you are in contention and in the end,” he said. “Obviously, playing with Keith who was leading. I always got an eye on him. I am generally a scoreboard watcher to see if someone keeps me interested and to see when you are not in contention or where you are. Yeah, it was nice. I think it came back quickly after I haven’t been around for a while. As soon as I got excited, I got a few results.” He fired in rounds of 67, 69 and 70 to claim the title. The four-time Sunshine Tour winner is now looking forward to playing at his home province, KwaZulu Natal. next week at the Sun Sibaya Challenge “I am playing and it is always nice to play at home. I played Selborne which is pretty close to home too, few weeks ago. I played well there. I got some momentum and I played well here. Hopefully, I will take that to next week and then up to Europe for Q-school,” he said. Mulroy also thanked Vodacom for the series events. “Thanks to Vodacom. They put up a lot of money for the guys on the Sunshine Tour. It is always nice to come and play at their events. You see a lot of the same faces. There is also get a bit of friendship going there too. Without a big sponsor like that, it would be a tough year for the guys at home.” Qualifying school graduate, Fredrik From of Sweden, shared second spot with Chris Cannon of England on 9-under-par 207. While Horne finished one shot behind them.  
Mulroy credits break for resurgenceMulroy credits break for resurgence When things went astray on his game in 2016, Garth Mulroy decided to take a break, and he is happy for that now as he claims it gave him a boost to come back more competitive. “Obviously, the game declined over two years,” the three-time Sunshine Tour winner said. “So, the stretch there was like over a week it just got worse and worse. I took some time off and I did not play any golf when I wasn’t competing either. So, maybe it is the fresh mind and trying to keep the negative stuff away that is helping me now. I just want to start having a few good shots, you know, so I can come back, feed off there and keep going.” The 40-year-old player said this after finishing his second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Parys Golf and Country Estate, on a total of 8-under-par 136, which put him three shots off Keith Horne who took the lead to the final round, on Friday. “It was nice, I played well,” he said about his second round.  “I got off to a rough start. So, two over three-three. Realistically, at the end of the day 69 was good.” The Umkomaas Golf Club player came rejuvenated judging from the three tournaments he played after resuming his career. He finished in a tie of 18th at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Zebula, he was tie for 47th at the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge and he was tied for second at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Selborne. Mulroy was happy to be able to do well after he found himself in difficult situations at Parys. “Yesterday, the driver was not whole on shape and I was losing quite a few out to variety. So, I ended up just playing and playing cuts and getting anything as I was playing. Unfortunately, you can’t hit a driver on the range this week. So, I just tried to get a feel of straightening it up a bit. I started up a few holes, today, hitting it a little other way. It was just an adjustment.” He learnt a thing or two about the course this week and that can work on his advantage as he tees off for the final round. “I think the greens are the toughest out here. From tee to the greens, it is not so long and I think most of the guys will take advantage of that. On the greens you don’t get many flat putts or maybe of the few approaches, some of the greens are hopping and others don’t. It seems to be the ones which are a little bit raised that will take a bit of hop. But you will not get too many flat putts and that’s a challenge,” Mulroy said.    
Horne’s mental turnaround pays dividends in ParysKeith Horne converted a few weeks of work on his state of mind into a second-round six-under-par 66 on Friday to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Parys Golf and Country Estate. He overcame a balky start of two bogeys in his opening two holes to come roaring back with eight birdies to move to 11-under for the tournament, well clear of second-placed Garth Mulroy, and a further shot clear of Sweden’s Frederik From and England’s Chris Cannon who were on seven-under. “I did a bit of mental work in the last week or so and it seems to have helped a lot,” said Horne. “Now, I’m just happy with the way I’m playing. I haven’t been playing so well for the last couple of months. I’ve been struggling a bit in Japan. I had a disappointing couple of months there.” And it was his work off the tee which showed how much it’s turned around for the nine-time Sunshine Tour winner. “I’ve been driving the ball fantastically,” he said. “I like to think of myself as a good driver, but this is about as good as I have ever been. I’m hitting it really solidly and really straight. This course is narrow and tight, and I’m hitting drivers almost everywhere and it’s leaving me such short irons in that it just feels easy.” The result of that confidence off the tee is that he is able to reach all the par-fives in two, and his score of seven-under for those eight holes this week indicates just how much he owes to his driving this week. In addition, he has been able to overcome trying starts to both his rounds so far. “Both days, I’ve started by wasting good tee shots on the first two holes,” he said. “Yesterday, I threw away two easy up-and-downs on the first two holes and today, I tried to be aggressive starting. I took on the flags and flew the greens and made bogeys. “That’s an example of the mental work paying off. I didn’t get on top of myself, I didn’t get frustrated and angry early in the rounds. I felt like I was playing really well. My focus is a lot better on the course.” Mulroy also recovered from a pair of early bogeys to post a 69 and get himself into contention in second place. Cannon finished his round with a flourish on 18, where he made eagle to card a 69 of his own, while From also finished three-under for the round to share third. One shot further back was a group of six players on six-under, a group that included first-round leader Luke Jerling who shot level-par, and Trevor Fisher Jnr, whose seven-under 65 was the round of the day. Ahead of them, however, Horne has the inside track for the final round, even if the extent of his lead was a little unexpected. “I was aiming for nine-under after two rounds,” said Horne. “Just this morning, I thought if I could shoot four-under today, it would be good, and anything more would be a bonus. I’m very happy to be at 11.”  
Jerling grabs share of first-round lead at ParysLeft-handed Luke Jerling got off to a great start on Thursday as he carded a six-under-par 66 to share the lead with Jonathan Agren of Sweden at the Vodacom Origins of Origins at Parys Golf and Country Estate. “I played really nicely here today,” Jerling said about his best start in the last four events. “It is very pleasing. I felt like my game has been good the last few months, but I have always got off to a bad first round start and I have just been fighting back from there.” Jerling’s record for his last four opening rounds show that his opener at Parys was cause for celebration. He finished his first round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf St Francis on four-over-par 76; he finished the first round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf Arabella on three-over-par 75; and he was one over-par-72 for his opening round of Vodacom Origins of Golf Selborne. “I got off to a good start, birdieing the first and then birdieing the par-five fourth. I just built momentum from there. I hit a few loose iron shots around the 10th, but I left myself in good positions to be able to get up and down. I managed to do that. “The back nine, I turned it on. I birdied the 10th and 11th. On 15, I actually holed out for eagle from about 130 in the right rough and I did not even see the ball. It just flew and I didn’t see it go in. That really helped with my momentum and carried me through to the finish.” The 26-year-old player only dropped a shot on sixth hole which he believes is the most challenging on the course. “Number six is definitely the toughest hole on the course,” he said. “Five is never a bad score there, but I actually hit a very poor tee shot when I skied a three-wood. So, I was forced to lay-up, which I think was a blessing in disguise, because I think there is a lot of danger around that green.  I wasn’t too upset, because I saw on the score sheet that there were a lot of guys who made fives and sixes already. So, it did not break my momentum too much.” Agren’s round started on the 10th, and he got off to a flyer, making five birdies on his way to the turn in 31. It was a little tougher on his homeward nine, with a bogey to start with, but two more birdies took him to six-under and a share of the lead with Jerling. This all came after saying before his round that he believed it was a tough course. “If you look at every hole, it is quite a tough course,” he laughed afterwards. “But I hit basically every tee shot where I wanted. That way I was left with some short irons in and I was lucky to hit those well as well. That way, you can make some birdies.” Keith Horne, Doug McGuigan and Garth Mulroy finished one shot off Jerling and Agren. “I haven’t been playing great in the last few months,” said Horne. “I had a little bit of a break. Here to shoot 67 on a golf course I haven’t played before, I will take it.” McGuigan said, “I am hitting the ball very well. I am still struggling a bit to get over my illness, but I just have to keep going and keep fighting it. It is always nice to lead whether it is a first or second round. It would be better to do it in the last round.” For Jerling, it will be about building on his good start: “I think it will be really enjoyable to be in this position tomorrow for a change,” he said.  
Enoch looking to apply experience at ParysAfter a good showing on the European Challenge Tour, Cape Town Open champion Rhys Enoch is happy to be back to play in the Sunshine Tour’s Vodacom Origins of Golf at Parys Golf and Country Estate this week. “It is good to be back, absolutely,” he said. “It has been a while. I have been up and down since April, so, I’m very excited to be here.” Enoch finished 13th at the Zanaco Masters in Zambia in April, and returned to Europe to start his season on the Challenge Tour, where he finished in a share of ninth at the Monaghan Irish Challenge and in a share of sixth in the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge. He had two other top 20 finishes with his share of 13th in the Galgorm Resort and Spa Northern Ireland Open, and in the Swedish Challenge. “I played nicely in Ireland. I have been playing nicely all summer to be honest,” said Enoch, who also qualified to play in The Open for the second time in his career. “Ever since The Open, I feel I’ve got some really good experience and some really good play under some pressure. I haven’t done quite as I hoped since then, results wise, but my game is pretty good. “I am just more consistent. Each week, I think I am playing a bit better. My putting, I think, is probably held me back a fraction, but I putted nicely last week and I am looking forward to this week.” Enoch is a little disappointed with his showing on the Challenge Tour. “To be honest, I probably missed three or four events on Challenge Tour because of playing The Open, so I finished just outside of top 70. That means I miss the post-season and I don’t get the 100 percent full card for next year which is slightly annoying because I played some good golf. It is fine, I will still play 20 events next year. The focus now is to play this event now, then Q-School in Europe and then the co-sanctioned events in South Africa in summer,” he said. Although he hadn’t played the Parys Golf and Country Estate course before, he managed to get nine holes in ahead of his opening round on Thursday – and would be hoping for a return to the form which won him the Cape Town Open last year.  
Els to play in AfrAsia Bank Mauritius OpenErnie Els has confirmed that he will play in the 2018 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at the Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita from 29 November to 2 December, and as one of the game’s biggest stars to ever tee it up in this tri-sanctioned tournament between the European Tour, Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour. The four-time Major winner, former world number one and World Golf Hall of Famer will make his debut in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, which this year will be played on an Anahita golf course that he designed. The tournament was also staged here in 2016. “I’m really looking forward to playing in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open,” said Els, who is an International Ambassador for the Asian Tour. “It was a privilege to design this golf course and we’re thrilled with how it has matured in the past 10 years. One of its strengths is that we were able to maximise the visual impact of the surrounding scenery, but at the same time preserve the coastline’s natural beauty. The hole routings move in and out of the trees, along the water, and back, giving players great variety and magnificent views of the ocean. It’s going to be a lot of fun playing it in tournament conditions.” Els’s presence in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open continues the tournament’s phenomenal growth in its four years as a tri-sanctioned event, and during which it has already featured some of the biggest names in golf such as 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, 2011 Open champion and former European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke, and victorious 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn. Els is preparing for a big year in 2019 where he will captain the International Team in the Presidents Cup in Australia against his American rival Tiger Woods. “It’s obviously going to be a very busy and exciting 2019,” said Els. “But The Presidents Cup is a little way off yet, so for now I’m very much focused on competing and trying to get the most out of my game. Hopefully a little ‘insider’ knowledge will work in my favour at Anahita. Let’s see. As I said, I’m really looking forward to the week.”  
Henning back on Sunshine Tour, but with a new goalBy Michael Vlismas Nic Henning is back on the Sunshine Tour this week and chasing a new goal as he tees it up in the Vodacom Origins of Golf at the Parys Golf and Country Estate. After several years in which he drifted away from the professional game into other businesses and has only occasionally played in tournaments, the 49-year-old Henning is now considering a second career on the senior tour. “I’m 49 now and I can’t compete with the 20-year-olds anymore. I’ve been doing a few other things outside of playing golf. I’m in business with a few friends, and I’m also working as a golf promoter at Steyn City Golf Club. So I have a few things on my plate. “But I’m trying to keep myself fit and healthy, and hopefully in about eight months time I’ll be out on the seniors tour.” During the peak of his career Henning beat future Open champion and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke in a playoff to win the 1999 Vodacom Players Championship at Royal Cape Golf Club, and in 2000 he finished tied 17th in the World Golf Championship American Express Championship. In 2015, even the Daily Mail newspaper in the United Kingdom reported on how Henning, then ranked 1 555th in the world, opened with a 62 on the West Course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club to lead the first round of the Joburg Open. In 2008 Henning was involved in a car accident after taking his mother for lunch on Mother’s Day. “Apparently I blacked out and veered across the road. I had a head-on collision with an oncoming car and then careened through a boundary wall,” he said at the time. He escaped with nothing more than a few bruises and a sore left leg. “I kept thinking about what could have happened. About all the things I still wanted to achieve.” With a senior career now ahead of him, Henning may well still get that opportunity.  
Roos positive his solid game will bear fruit Roos positive his solid game will bear fruit Jake Roos is seeing positives out of the fact that he has been a runner-up three times this season alone and he believes that a win can come anytime starting from this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf at Parys Golf and Country Estate. “The fact that I am playing well is a big positive,” Roos, who is patient with his game, said. “If I can find myself amongst the leaders quite frequently, the win will come eventually. It’s been a good year for me. I have been playing quite nicely. The fact that I have not won yet, I feel like it does not really bother me too much. For me, it’s more about being able to get into contention. I have won in the past and I know I can do it again. I just want to be more in contention this year,” he said. Roos has three runner-up finishes at the Lombard Insurance Classic, Vodacom Origins of Golf Zebula and Vodacom Origins of Golf St Francis. He finished in the top 10 at the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open, KCB Karen Masters, Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge and the Vodacom Origins of Golf Arabella this season. Even though he last played at Parys Golf and Country Estate all the way back in 2013, Roos still has vivid memories of the panoramic course. “I have played the course a couple of years ago. I like the golf course, it has beautiful settings. I remember you have to be quite accurate. It is a course that rewards accuracy if I remember correctly. But, I haven’t played it of recent times, so I am not sure all the rain on weekend will make a big difference. All in all, I am looking forward to it. I remember it being a very nice golf course,” he said. Roos is busy polishing his game and particularly putting, to meet the demands of course. “I have been working hard on my ball striking and my putting, specifically. They are both not quite right. There are a couple of little things I have been ironing out. So, I have done some good work with my coach this morning. I feel like I am on the right track. I just need to keep going,” he said.  
Vodacom Origins of Golf Parys: What’s what

Vodacom Origins of Golf Parys: What’s what

The fifth of six Vodacom Origins of Golf events is happening at Parys Golf and Country Estate from Thursday to Saturday this week.  Andrew Curlewis registered his third win on the Sunshine Tour there as he defeated Lyle Rowe in a play-off after they finished tied at seven-under-par 209 in September 2013 when the tour first visited the course. Curlewis is also in the field this week. The format: 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes there will be a cut to the leading 40 professionals and ties. The field: 132 professionals Defending champion Curlewis overcame Rowe there in 2013. The course: This championship golf course was designed by the Cobie Legrange team and DDV Design, offering a challenge with each hole. It plays at 6,860 metres off the championship tees. Having originally been opened in 1876, the Parys Golf Club is infused with plenty of history and heritage, lending it a tangible charm. However, it was revamped in 2007, and so couples this historical elegance with modern facilities and championship golfing on its brand-new course. The course is designed in such a way that each of the holes presents a welcome challenge to avid golfers. It is situated on the Vaal River, promising spectacular views along the way. Form player: With two wins at Sun City Challenge and Vodacom Origins of Golf Arabella already under his belt this season alone and two runner-ups in his last three events – Vodacom Origins of Golf Selborne and Vodacom Origins of Golf St Francis – Neil Schietekat is definitely in undisputed form. In fact, Schietekat has done well in all four events of the Vodacom Origins of Golf series that have been played this season. He also finished eighth at Zebula at seven-under-par 209. In a golden season, after two straight missed cuts in the first two tournaments of 2018-19, he turned things around at the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open where he finished seventh on nine-under 279 and never looked back, except for a missed cut at the Royal Swazi Spa Challenge. Sentimental pick: PH McIntyre got his first Sunshine Tour victory in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event in the Free State in 2014 when the tournament was held at Vaal de Grace on the other side of Parys. It was an emotional victory for the Heidelberg Golf Club player, with family and friends having made the trip from Heidelberg to see him lift the trophy. He’s not played much this season, with a missed cut in the Invested Royal Swazi Open the only tournament on his resume so far. Wouldn’t it be something if he was able to repeat his 2014 heroics so close to home? The bolter: CJ du Plessis enjoyed three top-20 finishes in his last three events, of which one was the share of seventh on seven-under-par 209 at the Vodacom Origins of Golf St Francis. The good results came after three missed cuts, failing to qualify once, a share of 25th at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and the share of 27th at Sun Carnival City Challenge. He also finished third at the Big Easy Challenge 2 in May and eighth on the Big Easy Challenge 10 last month. The Irene Country Club player, who is yet to register his first win on tour, was a runner-up three times in 2016 and that shows he is capable of pulling off a win.  
Walters a man with a mission in SpainAll of the eight South Africans playing in this week’s Andalucia Valderrama Masters on the European Tour have important work to do, but Justin Walters will be the man who feels he has the most to gain from a good performance. The Spanish tournament hosted by 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia is the last of the season ahead of the lucrative final three European Tour events – the Turkish Airline Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship. Those events are limited field events, so players outside the top 70 on the 2018 Race to Dubai are looking closely at their positions on the Race to Dubai with a view to making sure they retain their eligibility for the 2019 season. And, with the top 116 on that list at the end of the season sure of playing privileges for next year, Walters at 113 will be experiencing a certain level of anxiety. While he has finished in the money with some consistency – he has missed only five cuts in 22 starts – he will be keen to regain the kind of form he exhibited in June when he had a pair of top-10 finishes in the Shot Clock Masters, where he shared third, and in the BMW International Open where he had a share of ninth. A good showing at Valderrama will take him safely inside the top 100. Below him on the Race to Dubai rankings, and in the field this week, is Zander Lombard. The man who won his first Sunshine Tour title in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Zebula in his only tournament of the season so far locally is currently at 131st on the Race to Dubai from 28 starts. Lombard, unlike Walters, has not been making money. He has made just six cuts, with a best showing of a share of sixth in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. He made the cut in tough conditions last week in the Sky Sports British Masters, so he will need to build substantially on that share of 67th if he is to make a big enough leap up the list to safety. Christiaan Bezuidenhout is currently 106th on the Race to Dubai. His most lucrative performance of the season also came in Ireland, where he finished in a share of 19th. Another showing like that – certainly at least inside the top 30 – will certainly help him be assured of 2019 eligibility. Haydn Porteous is just one above Bezuidenhout, and has been showing glimpses of the form that gave him the Joburg Open in 2016 and the D+D REAL Czech Masters title last year. A closing 67 in the Nordea Masters gave him a share of sixth for his best finish of the season. More of that kind of form will come in handy if he is to stay on the European Tour for 2019. Jacques Kruyswijk and Thomas Aiken at 99th and 92nd respectively will probably feel secure, but will still like to have a solid week to be absolutely sure of their 2019 cards. Richard Sterne and Darren Fichardt have an entirely different agenda. At 77th and 72nd respectively, they are on the edge of eligibility for the Turkish Airlines Open and the Nedbank Golf Challenge, they will want to take recent form into Spain and climb inside the top 65 to make absolutely certain of playing those two events – and both would love to get into Sun City, which remains a ‘holy grail’ for South African professionals. So, it’s game on for the eight South Africans in Spain this week.  
Norris vaults into world's top 100Shaun Norris jumped into the world’s top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking at the weekend after his second-place finish in the 83rd playing of the Japan Golf Open at Yokohama Country Club. He finished on 12-under-par, two shots behind winner Yuki Inamori, and four clear of Terumichi Kakazu and Hiroshi Iwata who shared third. That took him to a career-high 93rd on the world rankings, making him the sixth South African currently inside the top 100 in the world. The other South Africans are Louis Oosthuizen (37), Branden Grace (47), Charl Schwartzel (67), Dylan Frittelli (73) and Justin Harding (91). Harding was the only one of those who climbed in the rankings last week, after his share of 43rd in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. It was Norris’ fifth top-10 finish of the season on the Japan Golf Tour, and the 22-million yen cheque that came with it was his biggest of the season. It also vaulted him to fourth on the Japan Golf Tour money list. Norris, who won the 2008 Africa Open and the 2011 Nashua Masters on the Sunshine Tour, has carved out a lucrative career for himself in Japan since he started playing on that tour in 2016. He finished 43rd on the money list in 2016 after winning the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, and seventh last year when he won the JGT Championship Mori Building Cup. He has played just three tournaments on the 2018-19 Sunshine Tour, finishing in a share of eighth in the Royal Swazi Spa Challenge, missing the cut in the Sun Carnival City Challenge and in a share of 13th at the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Zebula.  
Sunshine Tour's Musiwalo Nethunzwi still hopeful of strong Order of Merit despite recent drop 1Nethunzwi still hopeful of strong Order of Merit despite recent drop Musiwalo Nethunzwi says he is not concerned about his game despite four straight missed cuts which have pushed him out of the top 50 on the Order of Merit, a position in which he found himself in July. “I did not play badly in those missed cuts,” he said about his last four tournaments which saw him plummet from 47th in July to 68th on the money standings. “I missed a few cuts and I have a few tournaments where I did well. I was playing okay. I just missed by one shot. I missed two tournaments by one shot. I said I must just skip a few tournaments and just go and work on my game and my approach. I have been doing that. It is just a few tournaments and they are in the past for me now. I do not want to think too much about them. I am just focusing on the next tournament,” the Modderfontein Golf Club player said. He failed to make cuts at the Sun Carnival City Challenge, Vodacom Origins of Golf Zebula, Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge and Vodacom Origins of Golf Selborne. Nethunzwi’s ambition for a strong finish on the Order of Merit at the end of the season which he declared in July, still stands. “The goal is still the same. I want to finish in the top 30 on the Order of Merit,” The 29-year-old hopes to do well next week in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Parys in the course designed by Cobie Legrange and his team, as he had done before. “I played Parys before I turned professional,” he recalled. “I turned pro in 2013. I played the golf course as a pro as well. It is a nice golf course. I have played well on that course. I am just going there to do my best and let the results speak for themselves. I am just going there to do the things that I have been doing for the last few months, which was working on my game and the approach as well. I have been playing so well recently. I am looking forward to the tournament,” Nethunzwi said. He still has a good number of events to play which include the co-sanctioned events of the summer, but Nethunzwi knows he will have to start picking up positive results if he is to make the ascent.  

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