Keith Horne took top-20 finishes in his first two appearances at the Africa Open, but has failed to produce the same excellence over the last two years. ItÂs time for the comeback.
ÂI enjoy playing here and as long as the putter comes to the party this week IÂm sure IÂll be somewhere thereabouts come the weekend. I feel like my results should be better around here, so hopefully this week we can change that,Â he said.
The 41-year-old proved his ability when he won the 2012 Telkom PGA Championship, marking fifth victory in his illustrious professional career. HeÂd like to add a European Tour win to that list.
ÂItÂs my third year on tour, and when youÂve been playing for that long itÂs about time to step up a gear and move into the winnerÂs circle. To win is definitely one of my goals this year,Â he said.
With 52 top 10s over the course of his career, Horne knows everything there is about being in contention, and having played four tournaments at East London Golf Club, heÂs ready to make it 53.
And this week comes on the back of a sixth-place finish at the Joburg Open, where Horne shot a Sunday 65 to finish with an 18-under-par total. That tally is one better than Branden GraceÂs winning total at the 2012 Joburg Open and clarifies how well Horne is playing at the moment.
The Alberton local kicked off last season with a win, and this year heÂll be looking to do the same.
ÂThe scores are still going to be pretty good, and I think this week brings a lot of different people into the game, because this course has got something for everybody when the wind blows.
ÂI played well last week, so the confidence is up. I think thatÂs whatÂs going to help me this week, even though the style of golf is very different,Â he said.