“My ball striking hasn’t been that great for the last few months, but I hit it well for the last two days and made a few putts. I’m happy to be chatting with the media again!” he laughed.
The 27-year-old broke through on the European Tour with his victory at the 2012 Avantha Masters and became one of the next South African hopes. But this season has not been the type he wanted – he missed 10 consecutive cuts building up to this week and finished the Race to Dubai ranked 132nd.
That has all turned around at Glendower Golf Club this week, where Kruger has made only two bogeys, which are vastly overshadowed by his nine birdies and one eagle. Rounds of 65 and 70 have earned him a share of fifth going into the weekend.
“I’ve moved to Serengeti Golf Estate recently and I would have loved if it was there. But Glendower is a historic and great golf course. It’s one of those that can bite you quickly,” he said.
While Kruger struggled with his swing midway through the year, it was his putting that really let him down. The last two days on Glendower’s pure greens have restored some of his confidence.
It could be his return to home soil and the local crowds or it could be the memories of his winnings ways, but Kruger’s game is back on track and he’ll look to hunt down leaders Charl Schwatzel and Marco Crespi at the SA Open this weekend.
“I don’t count the birdies,” said Kruger. “I just try to hit every shot as good as I can and the result speaks for itself.”