He missed the cut during last week’s Africa Open Golf Challenge, so Christiaan Basson will be looking for a decent finish in the Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club this week ahead of next week’s season-ending Investec Cup tournament.
Basson currently lies 37th in the Chase to the Investec Cup standings, and with the top 30 going through to the lucrative Investec Cup which is played over two rounds at Millvale Private Retreat, and the final two over the Lost City at Sun City, he will want to give it a little hurry up to be able to play for the R1-million tournament prize fund – and for a share of the R10-million Bonus Pool.
The year-long Chase to the Investec Cup began with last year’s Telkom Business PGA Championship, and concludes at the Tshwane Open – a tournament co-sanctioned by the European Tour and carrying the most points available in any Sunshine Tour event.
So Basson, who has had a frustrating start to 2015 with missed cuts in all four of the tournaments so far, will want to rekindle some of the form which gave him his second Sunshine Tour victory in last year’s Lombard Insurance Classic, and which saw him finish as high as 15th in the 2011 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
With some of the current top 30 in some doubt for the Investec Cup, Basson’s ranking will probably be a little closer to the 30th position he’d like to be in, but a good performance in the Tshwane Open will do much to get him a coveted spot in the Investec Cup.
There is a total of 10,000 points up for grabs this week, and Basson is just over 111 points adrift of 30th – which, in effect, means he needs a good top-30 finish in the Tshwane Open to get into the battle for the big Bonus Pool.
He also needs to hope that not too many people who are above him in the current standings have better finishes than he does, effectively making whatever he finishes with at Pretoria Country Club less effective.
But his first mission will be to make his first cut for 2015.