Dawie’s shot at the big time

Dawie van der Walt has made 11 of 14 cuts on the Web.com Tour this year, and if he keeps up his sub-70 stroke average he could well hold a PGA Tour card come 2013.

The Paarl local has broken par at every event on the Web.com schedule bar one, moving to 30th on the Money List in the process. Only the top-25 get cards, however, and van der Walt would do well to cement his position ahead of the highly lucrative Tour Championship.

The 29-year-old will be asking questions of his ability to close-out a tournament after his last two events. At the Chiquita Classic a week ago he faded with a final-round 73 after carding sub-70 rounds throughout the week. A week prior he bombed out of the WNB Golf Classic after carding a Sunday 77.

Four times on the Sunshine Tour he’s come home with top-three finishes, but the big man has never broken into the winners’ circle. While he certainly doesn’t need a victory to earn his PGA Tour card, the figures do indicate that crunch time is not his favourite.

Yet winning was never been his trick – consistency is. Out of every tournament he has played this year, van der Walt has missed the money just three times. He is a little more than $23,000 shy of the top-25 in Web.com earnings – which means he’s about one top-five finish away from the best.

It’s always tough to play a new course – but they’ve just renovated the 220 acres at TPC Potomac, which gives van der Walt every opportunity to claim top honours this week. He’s been doing everything right this season, except down the stretch. If he can fix his Sunday showing we could find yet another South African competing on the PGA Tour.

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