Anton rediscovering his love for the game

Anton Haig took a year’s break after losing sight of his golfing goals. He’s back at Qualifying School this week, and his time amongst the bright-eyed new-comers has rekindled his passion for the game.

“I’ve just got to enjoy myself more. I lost my enjoyment for the game and it’s been difficult. I’ve had to turn my whole life around, but it’s all been for the good.

“I just want to play as much as I can. I’ve lost the ability to score out there, maybe spending too much time on the range and now I’ve got to learn how to just go out and hit the ball,” he said.

Haig won the Johnnie Walker Classic in 2007, stepping into the limelight as the next big thing out of South Africa. But the then-21-year-old struggled to handle the pressure at such a young age and soon lost his affinity for the sport.

An older, wiser Haig has arrived for Qualifying School this year and he’s taken plenty of inspiration from fellow young stars.

“I was not expecting to be playing golf again, so coming back here is difficult. Taking time off did wonders for me. I saw the likes of Branden Grace and Nicolas Colsaerts rise up and do special things and that inspired me. I’m starting to enjoy golf again, and starting to hit the ball nicely again,” he said.

With a new outlook on golf, Haig was excited about getting another chance to play professional golf amongst fellow lovers of the game. For this week, however, his focus was on making it through QSchool.

“I’ve just got to go out and relax. It’s a marathon this week and if you can finish below par then you’ll have a good chance of getting your card. I’ve got another three days and I’d just like to post some good rounds and get back on that horse,” he said.

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