Life changing for Redman

Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung Final: Day 3Jake Redman is going to get married at the end of January 2016, but life has already begun to change for the promising young golfer from George.

The 28-year-old has played on the Sunshine Tour since 2011, but in the last month he’s started knocking on victory’s door. He’s maturing into a solid contender and his personal joy is helping the process along.

“Everyone has their theory about these kinds of things, but you’ll go through changes in life and need to focus on each shot and on doing your job the best that you can. I feel more settled in life and it helps in a way – peace of mind helps your game tremendously. It definitely plays a role,” he said.

The mental side of the game is most apparent at a professional level and even tour veterans struggle to overcome their demons. Redman has learnt to handle himself on the golf course and that has led to some top results, including five top-20s this season.

“I want to be in contention more often and to gain better consistency. Things have been good leading up to the last couple of events of the season. I’m trying to build on my good form and stay disciplined out there,” he said.

On Thursday he shot an opening round of 68 at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open to begin the 72-hole tournament in a share of ninth place.

“My game is getting there and I’m happy to be off to a good start this week. It’s easy to let your mind wonder, so at the end of the day you’ve got to stay disciplined with your thoughts and stay focused on what you’re doing,” he said.

Three rounds remain at this week’s R1,2-million tournament and Redman was keen to lay down another a top result in the Mother City.

“In this game you’ve got to peak at the right time. It’s what you want at the end of the season and, certainly on the Sunshine Tour, it helps to be playing well at this time of the year. It’s the business end of the season and it’s nice to be in a good space,” he said.

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