Broken rib doesn’t stop Groenewald’s 66

2016 Investec Cup: Day 4Vaughn Groenewald broke a rib two weeks ago, but that didn’t stop him posting the best round of the final day of the finale of the Chase to the Investec Cup on Saturday.

His six-under par 66 wasn’t enough to get him to the top of the leaderboard in the final round of, but it certainly gave him something to smile about, and it was the first time that he was able to ignore the pain of the break sustained when he fell on slippery stairs at the Eye of Africa PGA Championship.

The 41-year-old from George might not have influenced his position in the final rankings of the Chase to the Investec Cup, but he played near-flawless golf as he moved to a tournament total of seven-under par and fourth position on his own.

“My rib was killing me last week,” he said, “and this week I didn’t think I’d be able to play. I was on pain tablets throughout the tournament, but today I just decided to start hitting the ball even though it was sore. And when I started making birdies, the pain started going away.”

He finished inside the top 20 in his last two tournaments – the Dimension Data Pro-Am and the Eye of Africa PGA Championship, and this performance has given him a renewed sense of confidence as the Sunshine Tour players gather themselves for a series of tournaments in neighbouring African countries to get the winter season underway.

It was in one of those countries that Groenewald last tasted success, when he took the Zambia Sugar Open in Lusaka in April last year. That victory gave him his most successful year in 20 years on the Sunshine Tour.

“I can’t wait to get back to Zambia,” he said. “Given the form I have, I just need to get my rib right, get my body strong, and I’m going to be good to go there. So it’s three weeks off now and then I’ll be ready for the guys there.”

 

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