Three top 10s in his last three tournaments have showed Jacques Blaauw that the chances of his maiden professional victory coming soon are getting better all the time.
He opened his campaign in this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Simola Golf and Country Estate with a solid four-under-par 68, three shots off the first round lead, but nonetheless quietly confident that he’s found something which can get him into the winner’s circle.
“I’ve worked hard on the short game this year, so I think something is looming,” he said with a smile. “Basically, I’ve been working on chipping and a lot of pitching, and obviously putting.
“I’ve gone to a putter that’s a little longer than a conventional putter. I’ve gone to a 39-inch one, which is almost a belly putter, and it feels as if I’m rolling it a little bit better. And I’m not anchoring it at all,” he laughed, referring to the ban on the anchored stroke. “So 2016 can come!”
His share of fifth in last week’s Lombard Insurance Classic was a nice climax to his three-tournament run of top-10s, especially after he was disqualified from the Golden Pilsener Zimbabawe Open in April for signing an incorrect scorecard after a silly error.
And that good run showed every sign of continuing with his bogey-free start at Simola. “I had four birdies on four of the par-fives,” he said. “On the last one, unfortunately, I had a little three-putt, but I guess I’ll take that round.”
He turned professional in 2008, and has come third four times in his career. He thinks it’s time to take that a couple of steps further.