The fourth in a series of profiles of the top 10 players on the 2013 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit:
No. 7 – Louis de Jager
It was a strange old year for Louis de Jager: He won nearly R1-million more than he has ever done on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in fewer tournaments than he has played in his six years on tour.
But he missed the cut in six of the 14 tournaments he played, and got top-10s in three of the remaining eight.
It was his best performance of the year which kept him in the upper echelons of the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit since the end of February: He finished third in the Tshwane Open to win R1,214,460, the major portion of his season winnings of R1,372,668.37.
It was his second and third rounds – a pair of 65s at The Els Club, Copperleaf – which set him up to finish behind winner Dawie van der Walt and runner-up Darren Fichardt.
When he followed it up with a share of 10th in the Telkom PGA Championship, it seemed he was set for a golden season. And it was in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open that a second-round 66 seemed to herald something special.
But it was not to be, and an unsuccessful incursion into the Web.com Tour ranks in the United States followed.
On his return, he immediately achieved his second-best performance of the year with a share of seventh in the Platinum Classic.
But that was to be his last payday of 2013 as he missed cuts in his final four tournaments of the year, including the three concluding Sunshine Tour and European Tour co-sanctioned tournaments in which a good finish could have been very useful.
He will hope 2014 will bring more consistency.