12th January 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Kruyswijk’s iron play comes good at Glendower
Jacques Kruyswijk made five birdies on the front nine en route to his four-under-par 68 opening round of the BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni and said while he made he made a total of seven birdies on the day, it was his irons that did the work.
“To be honest, I just made some regulation putts,” Kruyswijk said of his first-round effort at Glendower Golf Club. “I wasn’t really making long putts, to be honest, but I hit some really good iron shots. Quality shots. I played solidly that front nine so I’m really happy about that.”
His homeward stretch was somewhat indifferent as he only managed to make two birdies there. Dropped shots on the par-four 10th, the 15th which is a par-five and on the par-three 17th took from the gains he made and left him at four-under, a score he was happy with.
“I definitely made some mistakes on that back nine which I am not really happy about,” admitted Kruyswijk who is the reigning Lion of Africa Cape Town Open champion. “But, I had a very good front nine. Now, I just have to work hard on the range on my pitching. I just spun the ball a little bit too far, so I need to work hard on that aspect and see where things go from there.”
Going into the second round three shots off the pace set by fan-favourite Branden Grace and America’s Chase Koepka who both signed for an opening round seven-under 65, Kruyswijk knows he is not too far off and if consistent in the following three rounds here, he might be in with a shot come Sunday.
“To make that putt on the 18th hole for par was huge for me,” he said. “Now, I need to take that momentum to the next round. I think I’m in a good position; three shots back and I have an opportunity to go out and shoot a low number. So, I am happy with the position I am at.”
He will hope for a strong finish to kick-start his season as a full member of the European Tour. Plus, he will have to make the tough decision of choosing between defending his Lion of Africa Cape Town Open title and playing the Qatar Masters next month, a headache he welcomes wholeheartedly.
“My main focus is playing in the Qatar Masters. As you know, it’s been a dream of mine to go play in Europe. But I will still sit and think about what to do but I really want to play in the Qatar Masters,” Kruyswijk said.