Jake Redman will remember his share of second at last year’s Lombard Insurance Classic very well, and it will help him stay confident as he heads into the 2015 edition of the tournament, which starts on Friday.
The 28-year-old struggled earlier in the year at the co-sanctioned events of summer, but is making his comeback on the regular Sunshine Tour. He recently finished in a share of 19th at the Zambia Sugar Open, where he included a Friday round of 67 at Lusaka Golf Club and went on to play the weekend at the Investec Royal Swazi Open.
This week he heads to Royal Swazi Sun Country Club for the second time in three weeks and he’ll surely be familiar with the layout.
At 6,066 metres it’s the shortest course on the Sunshine Tour rotation and brings short-game specialists into the equation. Redman had a stroke average of 71.98 in 2014 and this statistic indicates that he is solid all-around.
The venue is not a bombers’ paradise this week and it gives the Fancourt professional a real chance to have a go at the title. It will take some grit, but if last year is anything to go by then you can expect to find Redman in contention this week.