He may have just recently played his way onto the Sunshine Tour, but Christiaan Bezuidenhout is already looming large as one to be watched and he tests out that status in this week’s Lion of Africa Cape Town Open which tees off on Thursday at Royal Cape Golf Club.
The 21-year-old topped the Big Easy Tour Order of Merit with a pair of consecutive victories in September, claiming a Sunshine Tour card for 2016. He has gained entry to this week’s R1.2-million tournament by way of an invitation, and he hopes to use it as a springboard for some ambitious goals he has for next season.
“I’d like to go and win the Sunshine Tour Qualifying School next month to give myself a better category of card than I have now for next season,” he said. “And then during the next four months, I want to try and get inside the top 30 of the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit as soon as possible.”
His first goal, however, is to show up well in a field which includes all three previous winners of the title in the tournament in Jake Roos, Tjaart van der Walt and Jaco Ahlers.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it” he said. “It’s good to be in the Cape again. I see the course is in great condition. I’ve played Royal Cape just once, but it was 10 years ago and I can’t remember the course at all. So I’m going to play nine holes this afternoon and see how the course is.
“I’m not too worried about playing at sea-level. I’m not a guy who makes the game too technical, so I’ll just adjust for the wind here and there and just hit normal shots as I do in Johannesburg.”
It’s been his accuracy as well as his temperament which has impressed many observers, and which have helped him to the victories which have started him on his professional career. “My game is getting sharper every day and I’ve had a few good finishes when I’ve played tournaments, so I hope I can get a good finish here as well,” he said.
Of course, a short cut to achieving his goals would simply be to win this tournament!