14th January 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Blaauw needs to stay composed at Glendower
Jacques Blaauw goes into the final round of the BMW SA Open proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni three shots off the lead. And he’s fully aware that he needs to keep his cool at Glen dower Golf Club if he wants to win.
He carded a third-round six-under-par 66 to move to 12-under for the tournament, behind leader Chris Paisley, and two behind the hard-chasing Branden Grace. Another round like that will give him a great shot at the title.
“I’ve been in this situation a couple of times,” he said. “I can’t say I’ve dealt well with it in the past, but I don’t want to get in my own way.”
He’s won four times on the Sunshine Tour, but getting the job done in one of the major events in the South African summer is something that has eluded him. “It’s just going to be positive thinking and I have a goal in mind for the final round,” he said. “It’s not a number in particular. What happens will happen, and if it happens to be good, then awesome. When you put yourself in contention more often, you get better with it.”
He got into contention with seven birdies and an eagle in the third round. “I made an eagle on the par-four 12th,” he said. “I hit a fairway wood off the tee box and I knew right was no good. But if I’m in a bunker, at least I know I’ve got a chance. I caught a great lie and just popped it up and it managed to find the bottom of the hole.”
He’ll be wanting some of that magic to ignite the crowds again in the final round. “It’s awesome playing in front of the home crowds,” he said. “It’s great to have so many people out here and rooting for you, calling your name when you make a putt.”
He’s done well at Glendower before, and he knows what it takes to tame the course. “You need to hit good tee shots around here, and place yourself on the right side of the fairways,” he said. “From there you can go for the greens. If you miss a lot of fairways, you’re going to struggle to keep the ball on the greens because they are quite quick and you can’t make putts if you’re off the greens.”
It’s all set up for a charge from him now. “The third round feels very good,” he said. “It’s big for confidence going into the final round. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I just want to do my thing and see what happens.”