Jacques Blaauw’s three wins last year boosted him to 11th in the Chase to the 2014 Investec Cup. Four tournaments, starting this week with the Joburg Open, remain before the limited-field finale plays out at Millvale and Lost City Golf Courses and Blaauw needs to clear the final hurdles.
“I want to keep myself in the running and these co-sanctioned events coming up are worth a lot of points, so it’s important to do well. I’d like to get a top-five in one of the next couple of events, maybe even this week, and secure a good place in the Chase to the Investec Cup,” he said.
The 27-year-old from Centurion broke through with victory at Vodacom Origins of Golf Simola in June last year and won again a week later at Vodacom Origins of Golf Selbourne. His third win of the season came at the Nedbank Affinity Cup at the Lost City Golf Course, which will host two rounds of this year’s Investec Cup.
“Last season was my best to date on tour and after three wins I’m definitely more confident in those pressure situations. I feel like I can step up, and coming 11th in the Nelson Mandela Championship last year was an important sign of my progress,” he said.
His Affinity Cup win was a display of talent. Rounds of 64, 69, 68 secured his one-shot victory and that low scoring will remain a good memory if he makes it to this year’s Investec Cup.
“I’m very happy about the Investec Cup being played at Lost City Golf Course. It’s a track that I’ve always loved and I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to play such a great event there,” he said.
Millvale is the second host course and is unchartered territory for Blaauw, but his focus at the moment is on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, where the Joburg Open will play out from Thursday.
The Centurion local has not yet made enough Investec Cup points to guarantee his place in the 30-man field, and with plenty of points are on offer at the co-sanctioned events of the summer swing he needs to produce results in the coming weeks.
Last year during the final round of the Joburg Open Blaauw shot an impressive 68 on the East Course of Royal Johannesburg to finish tied for 29th on 11-under. It’s a different animal that tees up this week, a three-time winner whose sights are set on Investec Cup success.