Two tournaments remain before the cutoff for the Investec Cup, where the top 30 points earners will compete at the elite R1-million tournament. Added to the original prize fund is the bonus pool of R10-million, which is based on the points earned.
“For us professionals it’s huge to play for an extra R10-million bonus pool. There are just 30 players in the tournament and we have to thank Investec for this sponsorship, because it means we have a realistic way to make a good living on tour,” he said.
Blaauw stands on a total of 1276 points, which he’s earned through Sunshine Tour events since the Telkom Business PGA Championship last year. The upcoming Africa Open and Tshwane Open are the final tournaments of the Chase to the Investec Cup and everyone on tour will be looking to finish strong.
“Coming out tops at the Investec Cup is definitely on my mind. I finished well there last year and hopefully I can win it this time around. I went in at 23rd last year and was a bit too far behind, but I’m much higher in the rankings this time around and hopefully I’ll have a real chance,” he said.
For the Centurion lcoal it’s about riding the wave of good form. He managed a final round of 70 at the Joburg Open last week and ended the tournament on 14-under-par, which meant a share of seventh alongside Chris Swanepoel and Korea’s Byeong-hun An.
“It was a great experience and it meant a lot for my game,” said Blaauw. “My confidence is up and I’m very chuffed with what I achieved, so I feel good for the next two. I’ve just got to peg it up and play well.”
Tournament winner Andy Sullivan was also eyeing the chance to compete at the Investec Cup. The Englishman has already taken up membership on the Sunshine Tour and if his schedule allows for it then he’ll head to the season finale.
“We’ll have to sit down and see what we’re going to do and if it fits into the schedule. It’s going to be pretty busy now and open a few more avenues with my world ranking, but I’d love to come back and play,” he said.