A top-10 in last week’s Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa has lifted Jbe’ Kruger fractionally ahead of Dane Morten Orum Madsen into second place of the Chase to the Investec Cup.
Winner Dawie van der Walt vaulted into eighth with the points he earned for his victory in the Durban tournament, while Charl Schwartzel still tops the table following his victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
The points allocated to each event are dependent on the prize fund and the size of the tournament, and events co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour – such as the Nelson Mandela Championship – have 900 points for the winner.
Qualification for the 30 places in the final event of the Chase to the Investec Cup is determined through a points system that incorporates 21 regular-season Sunshine Tour events, beginning with the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open in April and ending at the Telkom PGA Championship in March next year.
After the resounding success of the inaugural Chase to the Investec Cup series in 2013, the 2013-14 series will now feature a lucrative bonus pool of R10-million, double that of 2013. The winner of the 2014 Chase to the Investec Cup will win R3.5-million, with the second-place finisher winning R950,000, and third R700,000, whilst 30th spot in the bonus pool pay-out rankings will take home R50,000.
Jaco van Zyl, the winner of the 2013 Chase to the Investec Cup, is currently in 54th position on 368.20 points, while the man currently in 30th – he’d be the last man in if the final tournament were to be played now – is Christiaan Basson on 503.84 points.
The next tournament on the roster of the Chase to the Investec Cup for 2014 will be the Joburg Open – another Sunshine Tour and European Tour co-sanctioned event – in February 2014.