The 2014 Wild Waves Golf Challenge winner showed flashes of brilliance at the legendary parklands track and will need to turn on that heat again in order to deal with defending champion Ulrich van den Berg.
But the confidence that comes with breaking into the winners’ circle will make Nel a different man to deal with should he find his way into contention this week. It all comes down to form at a championship course like Glendower, but the Maritzburg local is certainly paying well at the moment and needs little improvement in his game.
This season Nel has missed just four cuts and his consistent earnings have taken him upwards of R300,000 for the year on tour. That equates to 43rd on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and he’ll look to rise even higher this week.
The tournament has a legacy of its own and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the BMG Classic. It’s an auspicious occasion and for Nel it could well be the event where cements his place on tour by becoming a two-time winner.
His past results have been solid there and he’s got that crucial first win under the belt. All that remains is to see how high he can rise.
“Everyone is going for their first win and often once the ice is broken then more wins follow,” he said.