This year there is even more reason for the professionals to go for it, because Investec have introduced a R50,000 bonus for the player who makes the most points each day. The extra R200,000 on offer has players like Danie van Tonder, the defending champ who shot 63 on Sunday last year, itching to come out firing at Royal Swazi Sun Country Club.
Points are awarded according to scoring, with an eagle worth five points and a birdie worth two. No points are given for par, while a bogey costs one point and a double-bogey or worse costs two points.
The final round last year was full of excitement, but it was Van Tonder’s hat-trick of gains at the close of the day that secured his victory with a final round that included nine birdies for 18 points.
The strong 24-year-old will look to blitz his way around this year, but the likes of big-hitting Merrick Bremner and 2013 winner James Kingston will be eager to test their ability to go low.
The added incentive of R50,000 per day means that no holds will be barred, and this year’s Investec Royal Swazi Open will surely hold more excitement than ever before.