James Kingston might be playing the second round of the Investec Cup on his home course at Rustenburg Golf Club, but he’s not sure he will have any edge over the other 29 players.
The 2007 South African Open champion was happy to be at home after his opening one-under-par 71 at the Millvale Private Retreat course left him seven shots off the first-round leader Justin Walters in the elite 30-man tournament which brings to a close the Chase to the Investec Cup.
“It’s good to play a tournament here,” he said, “but the greens were redone here just six months ago, so I think that players who are not regulars here might have an advantage over me.”
As he finished a putting session ahead of his second round in the R1-million tournament that will decide the final breakdown of the R5-million Bonus Pool for the top 30 available players after a 14-tournament series which started last October with the BMG Classic and finished at last week’s Telkom PGA Championship.
“There have been some changes to the traditional slopes I’ve come to know over the years on the greens,” said Kingston, “so when I’ve always thought a putt might come from three balls on the left, a player who just takes what he sees into account might decide to go inside left and be correct.”
Nonetheless, he was relishing the prospect of his round in front of a small gallery of his fans and friends, and was hopeful of posting the kind of score that someone who knows the course intimately can.