Having suffered an unfortunate surfing injury the day before travelling to Wild Coast Sun Country Club on the 27th of July, Hollick has spent time resting and recovering.
“I haven’t played a tournament in 13 weeks and it has been a long time off. With six weeks of sitting around and not doing a lot I’m very excited to be back. I’ve missed the last five events due to an injury so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Hollick.
The unfortunate injury came at an inopportune time for the 2015 Sun Sibaya Challenge winner as he usually performs during the backend of the season.
“Last years victory is actually still fresh in the mind. It doesn’t really feel like it was that long ago, but it’s obviously about a year to date. I usually do tend to play better in the second half of the year for some reason. Hopefully I can continue in that vain,” he said.
The freak accident comes after fellow South African George Coetzee suffered a horrific ankle break surfing in Bali last year, however both golfers remain committed to the sport they love.
“I tore the intercostal muscles in my ribs. It happened literally the day before we were going to leave for the Wild Coast event. So it’s been recovery for the last six weeks. It’s one of those things and it’s part of the game,” said Hollick as he warmed up on the range at Ebotse Links.
Hollick’s best finish this year came at the KCM Zambia Open where he finished in a share of 47th, and if he is to improve on his 99th position in the Order of Merit he’ll need some strong finishes in the next two months.
“I don’t really have any expectations for the week. I’m just happy to be playing again and obviously after three months of no tournaments you build up a big hunger and I am really hungry to play, so hopefully I can put in a few good performances,” he said.