To say Johan Bekker likes Glendower Golf Club is an understatement. HeÂs never finished outside the top 20 there, and heÂll look to continue that trend at the BMG Classic this week.
ÂIÂve always liked the course. I love the back nine, putt well on the greens and I feel very comfortable playing there. My game is feeling good and IÂm sure I can do well this week,Â he said.
Bekker recorded his best professional finish at last yearÂs BMG Classic, when the 27-year-old took home a share of 11th. And he did it on the back of a three-over-par final round. This year he took sole second at Big Easy Glendower, once again showing his affinity for the course.
Now that Bekker has played in the final three-ball twice at the 6914-metre track, he knows just what to do when it comes to crunch time.
ÂLast year (at BMG) I experienced a mixture of pressure and nerves, and that caused me to struggle at the start of the final round. I came back well, and that did a lot for me. The Big Easy helped a lot as well Â I feel confident playing in the last match, and my game is there. I think IÂm up there,Â he said.
The big man from Pretoria has plenty of experience at Glendower, and mentioned a few insider tips. ÂYou have to play more conservatively on the front nine. If you can make it from three to seven in level-par, then youÂre going to shoot under par. There are some really tough holes there, and you should take your pars and run,Â he said.
The Woodhill Country Club professional has spent a lot of time working on his game this season, under the guidance of coach Quintin van der Berg. Swing changes often take a long time to click, and for Bekker thatÂs very much the case.
But heÂs found the groove just in time. At the Big Easy Tour Championship a month ago he shot a final-round 69 to move into a share of third. Since then heÂs been guaranteed a 2013 Sunshine Tour card, thanks to finishing fifth on the Big Easy Order of Merit.
The game’s hot, the confidence is high and the course is right. Bekker knows heÂs ready, and come Thursday will tackle Glendower with the certainty that he can succeed.