7th February 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Epic battle to ensue at Eye of Africa PGA Champs
It will be a battle of strength and wits when the field of 156 golfers tee it up at this week’s Eye of Africa PGA Championship held at the Eye of Africa Signature Golf Course from this 8 to 11 February.
Known to be one of the longest golf courses in the country, the 6934 meters-long layout is set up to challenge every golfer on the course and offers a true championship experience. With a huge array of set-up options, the wide fairways and the beautiful A1A4 greens (a unique Greg Norman strain), the course will offer a fair test to golfers of all abilities.
“For me the key is to keep it in the fairways,” said Jonathan Agren who finished in a share of 13th here last season. “Because, from there you have an opportunity to hit it closer. Basically, you have to smart from the tee. Some guys might hit driver everywhere because it’s a long course but maybe that’s not the right play. So, I try to think my way around here.”
His opinion is shared by Jake Roos, who feels the driver might not work this week. “I think the iron shots,” Roos said.
“I feel like it’s fairly wide off the tee and one or two tricky shots, but I think it’s going to be iron shots and putting.”
While Agren and others opt for using their wits around here, some players feel the length of the course requires one to go at it with a bit of aggression. “You’ve got to hit it long, hit it straight and your whole game has go to be here this week,” said Tyrone Ryan.
He is not the only one, though, who feels a big-hitter will stand a chance here. Despite not playing as well as he would have liked here in the past, JC Ritchie agrees with Ryan that this course will suit the long-hitter.
“I always loved this layout,” admitted Ritchie. “But, I just never managed to play well here. Look, this golf course is long, there isn’t much rough, so hitting it far and straight is going to help. The greens are big and they’re going to be quick so placing your second shots in the right positions is going to be key this week.”
Whatever strategy each player will employ, this layout will prove to be a real test and whoever comes out a winner will need to work hard for the win.