Jacques Blaauw is still inside the top 250 in the latest Official World Golf Rankings, but the Investec-sponsored player is just as happy at his fifth position in the Chase to the Investec Cup.
Blaauw finished in a share of 10th in last week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf final at Pezula, continuing a consistent year on the Sunshine Tour. He is in 16th position on the Order of Merit, and within striking distance of the leader of the Chase to the Investec Cup, Ulrich van den Berg.
The Chase to the 2015 Investec Cup began at this year’s Telkom Business PGA Championship and incorporates every Sunshine Tour event until the week preceding the Investec Cup tournament next March. Bigger events, such as those co-sanctioned with the European Tour, offer more points.
Blaauw’s world ranking was 247, down two spots from the previous week, but being inside the top 250 in the world is a good springboard for his ambitions of higher honours during the 2015 season.
First on his agenda is to gain his Web.com Tour card, and he’s off to the United States for the Second Stage Qualifying School in Texas from November 11.
He will return to South Africa for the Cape Town Open, and will push hard for a victory in that – it would be his first in a 72-hole event on the Sunshine Tour, and it would open up a major opportunity for him, as the winner of that tournament will get into this year’s Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Just playing In that event would mean a major payday for him, and that would make missing the South African Open Championship a little less painful – Blaauw gets married on the weekend of the SA Open.
For now, he will look with some satisfaction at the rankings, knowing that a good performance in Cape Town, and then some solid showings in the new year after his wedding will give him a good chance of taking the winner’s share of the R10-million Bonus Pool for the top 30 players in the Chase to Investec Cup.