Brandon Pieters was the only player without a bogey during round one of the Nedbank Affinity Cup, a feat which is underscored the fact that he did it with a troublesome arm.
ÂIÂve got a trapped nerve thatÂs flared up in the right arm. WeÂve been working on it, but itÂs not giving up,Â he said. ÂI need four to six weeks off, but now is not the time for that, so hopefully I can look after it and it holds out. The less strokes the better!Â
With his injury giving him more reason to minimize strokes Pieters played smart, and it paid off Â he finished five below the card and moved to sole second after round one of the Nedbank Affinity Cup.
ÂIÂm not expecting much with this injury, but I just tried to keep as many bogeys off the card. The secret here is to play the course the way itÂs meant to be played. There are a lot of risk-and-reward shots, and at the moment IÂm not in the form to even think of doing that,Â he said.
There were no fireworks through the day, but no accidents either as the Benoni Lakes professional scattered five red numbers across his card.
He watched Ernie Els overcome an ankle injury to finish tied second at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament last week and hasnÂt forgotten what is possible with an injury.
ÂItÂs hard not to focus on the injury when youÂre playing, and it tweaked once or twice today, but this round gives you a bit of confidence. I watched Ernie playing with an injury last week, but with that swing it doesnÂt matter what injury you have. IÂm really glad he did so well,Â he said.