Irvin ready for another crack at Big Easy Benoni

Irvin Mazibuko finished tied fourth at the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Benoni event last year, and he’s been preparing for the 2013 instalment at Benoni Country Club, which starts Tuesday.


“It’s always nice to come back here, to a course where I have played well before, and I have a good feeling about this week. Last year I came fourth, and this year I’m looking to perform well again,” he said.


The 35-year-old last played at Big Easy Wingate, where he carded rounds of 69 and 74 to finish tied eighth on one-under-par.


Last year at Big Easy Benoni he shot 68 for round one and went on to claim a share of fourth, but he’s set his sights on first place this week.


“We’ll have to see what the tournament holds, but I’ve been working hard on every aspect of my game and I feel like I’m on the right track,” he said.


“It’s a golf tournament and winning is always a big thing. Even though it’s two rounds, you still have to compete and win, and us golfers strive to win.”


In his 13 years as a professional, Mazibuko has learnt the ropes at tracks like Benoni Country Club, and knew the tricks to success over the next two days.


“I’m feeling confident with my swing, but the biggest factor this week will be managing the greens, which are hard in the morning and soften as the day goes on. An early start means you have to go for the front edge on most holes, but by 10 o’ clock the greens are softer and you can start to go for it,” he explained.


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