14th September 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Horne looks to last season’s recipe at Arabella
Keith Horne is planning to use last year’s winning game plan when he tees up to defend his title at the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Arabella County Club on Friday.
“I think I will stick to my recipe from last year,” he said about his game plan for this week. “This is a golf course that suits my game. It is a course with plenty birdies but is also there are a lot of dangerous holes out there. You just need to be a bit patient at times. In general, it is a golf course that I would play well hence I am looking forward to it,”
The nine-time Sunshine Tour winner has got all it takes to navigate the windy conditions at the Peter Matkovic-designed golf course in Kleinmond. “It is always exciting to come back to defend a title. I am looking forward to the week. The course is looking fantastic. I am not sure what we are in for weather-wise this week. I am sure we are expecting a bit of rain, but in general, I am just looking forward to the week,”
The Eye of Africa player finished six-under-par 210 after rounds of 69, 69 and 72 at last year’s event and a repeat of that, given that he has not been playing a lot of golf lately, would be a welcome exercise.
“My game is still a bit rusty, I must say. My swing’s a little bit weird. I am hoping this week it will kick in,” he admitted.
At the age of 47 and a true veteran of the game, Horne still has everything it takes to claim his fifth Vodacom title, having won his first title in this 15-year-old series back in 1998. Apart from the four titles he’s won in the Vodacom series, Horne also has three runner-up finishes.
In the five events he’s played this season, Horne has missed the cut once, at the Lombard Insurance Classic, shared fifth at Zanaco Masters, tied 12th at the Sun City Challenge, came fifth at the Royal Swazi Spa Challenge and finished T35th at the Sun Carnival City Challenge.