Frittelli calls on amateur experience at Sun City

8th November 2018 | Sunshine Tour

Frittelli calls on amateur experience at Sun City

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Frittelli calls on amateur experience at Sun City

Dylan Frittelli says he is excited to be teeing it up on familiar kikuyu grass at the Gary Player Country Club where the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player is currently underway.

Making only his second appearance in the ‘million-dollar tournament’, as local fans call it, Frittelli is among the host of South African players with a long-held dream of winning ‘Africas Major’. Despite a poor result in his previous start in Sun City, Frittelli is hoping for an improved showing this week.

“This is by far the best tournament in South Africa,” Frittelli suggests, “and, probably one of the best in Europe when it comes to service to players, so I’m excited to be here and hopefully I play better than I did last year.”

Having recently became a full member of the PGA Tour and having to play different grasses in the United States compared to here, Frittelli recalls this layout from his days as a junior and amateur golfer. And, while he has not played the Gary Player-designed course an awful lot of times since turning pro, he finds comfort in the knowledge he has of this championship golf course.

“Kikuyu grass, it’s kind of weird coming back to it after playing a bunch of bermuda grass in the State,” he noted, “but, I can always call back on my junior and amateur days then I can read certain lines and hit certain shots. But, it’s still a golf course and you still have to play it the right way and hopefully, I can figure it out this week.”

He has made the cut in his first two starts on the PGA Tour and despite still being in his rookie season, Frittelli is an experienced campaigner and should do well there.

“It’s been something of an adjustment, obviously, playing over there,” he said of his first two tournaments on the PGA Tour. “I know it’s my rookie year but I’ve got experience playing over there, so I’m not worried about the pitfalls that all the other rookies would go through.

He has more pressing issues, however, because this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge presents him another opportunity to move up the world ranking if he wants to secure a spot for next year’s Masters tournament early on. But like all the South African players teeing it up this week in Sun City, Frittelli needs little motivation for this week’s tournament.

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