Danie driven to end year well

Danie van Tonder leads the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, which is the last tournament of 2014 and has the 23-year-old chomping at the bit to do well.   


The two-time Sunshine Tour winner managed a final round of 70 at Gary Player Country Club on Sunday to close out his first week at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.


“I’m happy with the way I played this week. I might not have had the result I wanted, but I’m swinging it well and still feel good,” he said.


He was happy with his game and ready for the coming week at Leopard Creek, where the likes of Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen will be in attendance, along with Nedbank Golf Challenge winner Danny Willett.


In 2013 Van Tonder had a forgettable Alfred Dunhill Championship and missed the cut, but as a rookie in 2012 he managed to share 15th. He can certainly play his way around Leopard Creek and will to look for a final result before the festive break. The South African Open Championship marks the final event of the 2014 Sunshine Tour season and plays out at Glendower Golf Club from the eighth of January.


He was full of spirit on Sunday after making the first eagle of the day at the ninth hole to win a Tag Heuer watch, but was most excited about his round of 70 that comprised 35 on each nine.


His confidence was up ahead of the final competition of 2014, and after finishing last at the Nedbank Golf Challenge he has a point to prove.


“Next week I’ll be back with a vengeance,” he said.


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