Matthew Carvell has been battling with a swing change, but he’s aware of his flaws and is paying smart golf at the Telkom PGA Championship this weekend.
“The last month has been pretty tough,” he said. “I’ve been grinding away and making a few swing changes, and I’m still not feeling completely comfortable, but my short game is good and that’s kept me around.
“I’m trying to think well around the golf course and accept that I’m not striking as well as I can. Playing a bit conservatively has paid off for me.”
Carvell has worked out exactly how to tackle the Woodmead course at Country Club Johannesburg, and carefully played his way to a Saturday 65, which set the 27-year-old up for a good result.
“The course isn’t really that long, even though it’s wet. You can reach most of the par fives, and even if they tuck some flags it is there for the taking.
“The scoring is very good and it’s bunched at the top of the leaderboard, because the greens are soft enough that even low hitters can stop the ball quite easily,” he said.
In spite of his 20 top-20 results over the last few years, the Kyalami Golf Club representative has battled this year.
He began with an impressive share of fourth at the Telkom PGA Pro-Am, but has since failed to make a cut. He’s looking to make amends for the slow start with a big result this week, which will earn him a big chunk of the R3,75-million on offer.
“It’s nice be here at the weekend and know that I have a chance tomorrow. I’ll go out and enjoy it and see if some of the hard work can pay off,” he said.