After that performance, he finds himself in 22nd position with 885.93 points, just under 74 points adrift of a spot in the top 16 – and that means he needs to finish 24th or better to stand a chance of getting into the season-ending Investec Cup event.
It’s an equation that is fraught with provisos, however, not least of which is that the 24th position requirement would move dramatically should the current holder of 16th spot, Jacques Blaauw have a week in which he earns more than 74 points more than Basson.
So the moving target is something that will exercise Basson’s mind throughout the week at the Eye of Africa PGA Championship – and also the minds of some other players that are on the cusp.
Mark Williams of Zimbabwe is one such player, and Andrew Curlewis and Rhys West also could do with a good week at Eye of Africa.
At the sharp end of the rankings, the prolific Dean Burmester came second in the Dimension Data Pro-Am to put himself within touching distance of securing the title before the final event even tees off – 21st or better in the Eye of Africa PGA Championship should be enough.
The 2015/2016 ‘Chase to the Investec Cup’ season consisted of players earning points at Sunshine Tour tournaments, starting with the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open last April and ending with the Eye of Africa PGA Championship next week. The top 16 players on the Chase to the Investec Cup Bonus Pool ranking after the PGA Championship will qualify for the season-ending Investec Cup at Millvale Private Retreat starting on March 9.
They will play for the Investec Bonus Pool which consists of R10-million, with R4-million going to the winner; thereafter, the balance will be shared accordingly between the remaining 15 players in the top 16.