Jbe’ Kruger has struggled on the European Tour this season and as the Race to Dubai reaches its final stages he’s keen to pick up a good result at the Hong Kong Open, where he’s done well in the past.
Last year Hong Kong Golf Club saw the Bloemfontein local card rounds of 67, 66 to make the weekend tied for the lead. This year he needs another good result to secure his place on the 2015 European Tour.
“I’ve played here a lot, so I know where to hit it, but you can’t put it there out of hand every day. You’ve just got to take it one shot at a time. I haven’t had the best season since I last played here, but I like Asia and the warmth,” he said.
The 28-year-old carded 66 on Thursday to join a share of third place on four-under-par. His putting could have been better, but it was an awesome day for ball-striking from the 2012 Avantha Masters champion.
“I played really well, but definitely left a few shots out there. I started off really hitting it well and you need to hit fairways around here. The greens are so good that getting it up there is the key. This morning I hit it inside 10 feet over the first seven holes, but I only made two birdies, so it’s all about getting the greens right,” he said.
The pressure is mounting for Kruger, who ranks 86th in the Race to Dubai and needs a top-60 spot to gain entry to the European Tour’s season finale – the DP World Championship. But for now he has to get those ideas out of his mind and focus on the task at hand, there are still three rounds and 54 holes to go!
“I tend to focus on having one good week, but you shouldn’t really think like that. I’m just taking it as it comes, and I’m really playing well,” he said.