Dawie wants to follow European win with Web.com success

Dawie van der Walt will tee up in South America this week when the Web.com Tour heads to Sao Paulo Golf Club for the Brazil Classic, and he’ll face the challenge very differently now that he has a European Tour win under his belt.


Just two months ago the 30-year-old lifted the Tshwane Open trophy after reaching 21-under-par, courtesy of four rounds in the 60s. It was no mean feat by Van der Walt, fought off the charge of four-time European Tour winner Darren Fichardt.


Now van der Walt has migrated to the Web.com Tour, where he’s looking for victory. That kind of change in mindset and expectation is due to his breakthrough win, and the big man has certainly realigned his goal posts since his victory.


With nine top-20 results on the Web.com Tour, including a second-place finish at the Cox Classic last year, the former Paarl Gymnasium student is ready for a win on the PGA’s development tour.


It feels like the natural step for Van der Walt, who bases himself in America and has won four times on satellite tours in the States.


A fellow campaigner joining him in the field is Tyrone van Aswegen, who took a brief trip home during the end of 2012. During his time on home soil the 31-year-old contended in the Cape Town Open, where he shot a Sunday 67 to make it into a playoff, but could not match Jake Roos and was left to share second.


Also in the field is the elusive Brenden Pappas, who has been waiting to break through for some time. Argentina’s Ariel Canete, who won the 2007 Joburg Open and has campaigned in SA on many occasions, will also tee up in Brazil this week.


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