Haindl on song for Suncoast

Alex Haindl finished 18th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the beginning of the month, and will compete the Suncoast Classic at Durban Country Club this week.

Haindl has recorded 31 top-10 finishes on the Sunshine Tour during his career, tied for 18th at the Suncoast Classic last year and is on song ahead of this week’s R500,000 tournament.

The 28-year-old has been involved in three playoffs, but has only clinched one victory during his career, and that came at the 2006 Suncoast Classic.

With fond memories, Haindl will return to Durban looking to add another victory to his statistics, but faces major competition from Jean Hugo.

Hugo came second at the Suncoast Classic last year, and with defending champion Adilson Da Silva not entered for the tournament, has his shot at a Durban Country Club win this week.

Hugo played solid golf and earned a second-place finish at the KCM Zambia Open last week and now the 13-time tournament winner will surely be after a fourth win for his 2011 Sunshine Tour season.

The finish in Zambia was the 11th top-10 result of Hugo’s year, which came after he battled through five playoff holes before conceding victory to Doug McGuigan.

Haindl can expect a real push from Hugo, but should also watch fellow European contenders Michiel Bothma, Shaun Norris and Josh Cunliffe, all of whom return from the continent to compete in the 117-man field this week.

Haindl has been on song throughout the month and returns to the Suncoast Classic knowing what it takes to win in Durban.

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