George Coetzee heads to Valhalla Golf Club on the back of a tied 17th result at the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship. He tied for 18th at The Open Championship and has the Joburg Open trophy in his cabinet, making the Pretoria local a dark horse at the PGA Championship this week.
Similar to the Sunshine Tour’s Investec Royal Swazi Open, the Barracuda Championship plays under a modified stableford scoring format, with points being awarded for scoring. This style promotes aggressive golf and that proved to be the shove that Coetzee needed to get going in the USA.
The 28-year-old made good points in three of his four rounds and played some attacking golf at Montreux Golf & Country Club last weekend, which led to his share of 17th for the tournament. The top-20 result will provide a good confidence boost for Coetzee, who holds the course record at The Old Course at St. Andrew’s.
Valhalla Golf Club hosts the PGA Championship for the third time and 99 of the world’s top 100 will tee up for glory’s last shot. Coetzee has performed on the big stage and this year has picked up two top-20s from his three starts at World Golf Championship events.
The five-time Sunshine Tour winner battled at the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2013, missing the cut at both events. This year is his chance to turn all of that around with a big result and he’s in the right form to do it.