“Leopard Creek is always special for us South Africans, because we love the bush. I think there are a few good players coming down from Europe, which should be great for the tournament. My game is up and down, but it’s getting there. I’m starting to feel more comfortable and we’ll see what the week holds for us,” he said.
The 39-year-old won on home soil in 2011, when he lifted the South African Open Championship trophy after edging out Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger.
His latest trip to the victor’s podium was at the Open D’Italia last year, where he went 20-under-par for the week for a two-shot victory over David Howell.
The 2015 season has been tougher for Otto, who finished the Race to Dubai ranked 140th. He’ll be keen to get the new European season off to a flying start.
“It’s always nice to be home, and I’ve been away a long time. It’s been a tough year, but the game is starting to feel right and my putting is coming along nicely,” he said.
Last week at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open he shared 13th place and took positives out of the result.
“I made a few mistakes at Royal Cape, but it was a nice warmup for Leopard Creek. This is a big week, because the winner gets into the Nedbank Golf Challenge,” he said.