Heinrich rises with St. Francis wind

George local Heinrich Bruiners is a graduate of the Fancourt Foundation and grew up playing in the wind, so his Wednesday 70 at St. Francis Links came as no surprise. Reaching two-under-par in the blustery conditions has earned him a sole fourth after round one of the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final.

 

“I like tough conditions, I think they bring out the best in me. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, especially with this round ending on such a positive note,” he said.

 

After turning at two-over-par, Bruiners showed just how classy a golfer he is by making made four birdies over his final five holes to reach the clubhouse in sole fourth.

 

“This is one of my best rounds, because I came back so nicely. It’s easier to go low on the front nine and then hold on to the score, but to bring it back after a tough start really feels like a success to me,” he said.

 

The 26-year-old celebrated his birthday two days ago and continued in lifted spirits as he worked his way around the Jack Nicklaus-designed links in 70, two strokes less than leader Alex Haindl.

 

“I fought all the way from beginning to end,” said Bruiners. “To walk off in fourth place makes me feel like I did a really good job today.”

 

Two rounds remain, but the Vodacom Origins Euphoria winner has set out a good foundation for a second victory in 2013. He likes the tough conditions and has enough momentum to roll into the lead.

 

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