The 26-year-old from George is accustomed to coastal breezes and had no problem acclimatizing at Polokwane Golf Club, where he wrapped up the first 18 just one shot back from leader Titch Moore.
“I’m used to the wind, because I’m from the coast and the Highveld wind is not as detrimental,” said Bruiners. “I used to practice in the Cape all the time, so I was happy out there today,” he said.
A recent move to Johannesburg has done wonders for the former Springbok amateur, who competed in the World Amateur Team Championship before turning professional.
“I’ve been living in Joburg for the last two months, and it’s been very positive for my game. Most of the tournaments are up here. And when I work on my game here there is no wind, so you can really focus on your ball flight and adjust your swing,” he explained.
A car accident led to a femur injury, which in turn led to a setback in the young gun’s progress. He’s recovered fully after some hard work, and in has made the cut in all three of his last starts.
“I was out for about 18 months because of a femur fracture from that accident. It took a lot of hard work and I feel lucky to have come through that,” he smiled.
Meanwhile, veteran Moore has also recovered from injury setbacks and carded a leading 65 at Polokwane Golf Club on Thursday.
The Windy City resident had to have a tendon re-attached this elbow halfway through 2011and after the operation was unable to lift a club for seven months. He showed no signs of discomfort during the first round on Thursday, however, and he and Bruiners were the only players not to make bogey during the round.