The 27-year-old had to birdie the 17th and 18th in regulation play to earn a spot in a playoff with Vaughn Groenewald and Danie van Tonder, the latter of whom tops the points standings.
De Jager was ready for the playoff and birdied the first extra hole to eliminate Van Tonder. It took one more hole for him to oust Groenewald and win the lion’s share of R750,000.
“It was my second playoff this year and I just stuck to my guns and my routines. I’m glad I could pull it through,” said De Jager.
While the celebrations got under way he began to consider Investec Cup points, especially considering Trevor Fisher Jnr’s success at Lost City Golf Club earlier this year.
Fisher had what he called his ‘life-changing’ win in the Investec Cup in March, taking the R1-million tournament and consequently heading up the final points table in the Chase to the Investec Cup. That gave him R3.5-milllion, the winner’s share of the R10-million Bonus Pool as well as his eighth Sunshine Tour victory.
De Jager rose to 11th in the points standings after his victory at Sun City and eyed a chance to tee up as part of the elite 30-man field of the Investec Cup.
“That’s definitely one of my goals, winning Investec Cup. The higher you’re up there the better your chances are and there is less pressure on the later events.
“I’m very chuffed with the system, because it rewards the guys who are the most consistent and that’s what we’re all trying to achieve. The more you can keep the results coming the better you’ll do,” he said.