Christiaan Bezuidenhout said the greens at the Wild Coast Sun were difficult to read after his second-round 68 on Friday in the Vodacom Origins of Golf event there. But things could easily have been worse.
The man who finished runner-up to Brandon Stone in January’s BMW South African Open Championship had a scary moment when he had bad swelling in his right eye, and needed surgery to correct it.
“I was playing in a tournament, and I woke up on the Monday with my eye swollen,” he recalled. “I got better through the day, but on Wednesday when I woke up, it was completely closed.
“The doctor said it was just an eye infection that had formed an abscess in my eye. They needed to cut the abscess out. It wasn’t a nice thing to hear, but luckily, they said it would take 20 minutes and I’d be out of theatre. It wasn’t a major operation. I went in for surgery on that Friday, and I was out for a week.”
Bezuidenhout managed to get a few starts on the European Challenge Tour to keep him busy while there were no events on the Sunshine Tour, but he found it difficult in conditions that were more often than not rainy in Europe. So he came back to South Africa to get ready for some tournaments in more familiar conditions.
“The problem with my eye put my practicing out a bit, but I came back, and practiced hard before this tournament,” he said.
“Coming in, I felt pretty good. It was solid golf today, pretty much the same as yesterday. The course didn’t play too tough, but it’s still difficult to make putts out there. But I’m hitting the ball well – I only missed two greens in two rounds. If the putter dials in, it can be a special round tomorrow.
“There are very grainy greens here at the coast. You can’t really see the grain because they’ve cut the greens so short, so it’s just difficult to get your line and pace correct. Apart from that, the greens are really good – just difficult to read.”
Good thing his eyes are okay…