‘Comfortable’ Petersen pulls off season best at Pinnacle Point

5th November 2018 | Sunshine Tour

‘Comfortable’ Petersen pulls off season best at Pinnacle Point

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‘Comfortable’ Petersen pulls off season best at Pinnacle Point

Member of the Gary Player Class Derick Petersen shrugged off an indifferent season as he fought hard for his season’s best placing, a second-place finish at last week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf final held at Pinnacle Point.

He had made only three cuts in 12 starts prior to the final event in this season’s Vodacom Origins of Golf series, and despite admitting that he did not expect the results he got in Mossel Bay, Petersen feels the results were overdue.

“I have been working very hard because I feel like I have failed many times,” he admitted, “and I felt many times that I have played well but the results didn’t back me up. This result was unexpected, really, because of how my season has been, but I worked very hard this year.”

With weather conditions unforgiving to an ill-prepared golfer, and with Petersen familiar with the layout at Pinnacle Point, the work he’s been doing was always going to be put to the test, and he passed it well.

“I felt a lot more comfortable this week,” he revealed, “and because I usually play rounds of social golf here, I was relaxed. I felt like I could have played better. I invested some money to get my mental side of the game in top condition and it showed when things were tough here.”

Scores of 70 in round one and back-to-back 72s gave him a total of two-under, leaving him four shots behind England’s Steve Surry who claimed his maiden Sunshine Tour title this weekend. Petersen was pleased with his results, but he was happier with the way he played in tough conditions.

“This year I worked a lot on my tee shots,” he said. “I play it a lot safer now. I missed a lot of fairways during the year and I have been trying to fix that. I do a lot of work off the course too, analysing each and every round after I play.”

This type of focused work paid off handsomely last week and now with a few Big Easy IGT Challenge events still going on before the bigger co-sanctioned events arrive, Petersen is happy to continue testing his new routine, and if he keeps up the work and keeps collecting results, possibilities of climbing up from the 60th spot he now occupies on the Order of Merit are very real.

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