With just one round of golf left ahead of next week’s Investec Cup, Erik van Rooyen was amongst a number of players staking a claim on Saturday for a spot in the 30-man field which will do battle for the title and the winner’s share of the R10-million Bonus Pool.
Van Rooyen carded a three-under-par 67 in the third round of the Tshwane Open to move to within one shot of the lead, and projections for the Chase to the Investec Cup have him moving towards the top half of the 30 who will be chasing the big payday next week.
“It would be amazing to play in that,” said Van Rooyen. “It’s one of the flagship events of the Sunshine Tour, it’s what we all play for, so playing in the Investec Cup would be huge.”
The Investec Cup is the culmination of a year-long chase for points, starting with the Telkom Business PGA Championship and ending with the Tshwane Open. The top 30 players on the Chase to the Investec Cup Bonus Pool ranking after the Tshwane Open will qualify for the season-ending tournament next week at Millvale Private Resort and the Lost City at Sun City.
The Investec Bonus Pool has a total prize money of R10-million with R3.5-million going to the winner. The Investec Cup tournament itself has prize money of R1-million with R 163,400 going to the winner.
For the Investec Cup, there is no minimum number of tournaments that need to be played, and European Tour players are entitled to play for the Bonus Pool and the R1-million tournament prize fund. And the tournament prize fund counts towards the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit if the player is a member of the Sunshine Tour.
“Everyone wants to play the Investec Cup,” said Van Rooyen. “Coming into the Tshwane Open, I was just outside, but I can’t control whether I get in or not. I just have to do my job and play well tomorrow.”