12th September 2018 | Sunshine Tour
De Jager staying positive despite 4-year winless run
Louis de Jager who is among the 120 professionals teeing it up at this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf at Arabella Country Club says his current form is down to some hard work this season and hopes it all translates to a win at Arabella.
De Jager missed the cut last year in this event but returning to Kleinmond while having a solid season is cause for optimism.
“I have been working hard on my golf swing and I am hitting the ball nicely,” he reveals. “I am staying more positive mentally and my short game has improved a lot. My putting has helped me a lot to achieve the results season so I’m looking forward to it.”
He has not missed a cut in 12 starts this season as he looks for a fourth career win on the Sunshine Tour. He came close to winning at Sun City Challenge but lost by one stroke to Neil Schietekat who won it on a score of six-under-par 210. De Jager also came close at the Sun Royal Spa Swazi Challenge where he finished T3.
“I am looking forward to set-up a new game plan and see how I can approach the course differently,” De Jager said about this week’s event. “I am playing two Pro-Ams now. I am also looking to find a nice game plan for the year in this week’s event,”
The 2014 Vodacom Origins of Golf Wild Coast winner might not have had the results he desires in Kleinmond, but he likes the course and believes that he can pull off something special here.
“It is a very nice layout and the scenery is very nice. It is a nice spot in the country. It is always a treat to come and play Arabella,” he said.
He came 10th in the Sun Wild Coast Challenge – a windy coastal layout almost similar to Arabella – and will hope the weather is kind enough this week at Arabella.