It seems only right that South African golf fans appreciate the abilities of the South African Open champion, and 2013 champion Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark has discovered that he’s become something of an adopted ‘Saffer’.
“I get a great amount of support from the locals out there,” said Madsen ahead of the Investec Cup which teed off at Millvale Private Retreat on Thursday. “It’s really nice. I can see they appreciate good golf, and even if you beat one of their own, they still enjoy the fact that you’ve played really good golf. That’s something I really cherish.”
After winning the South African Open Championship last November at Glen dower Golf Club, Madsen scored an invitation to the Nedbank Golf Challenge, where he finished 25th after a top-20 effort in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
He shared 49th in the 2014 Africa Open, and then had a run at the Tshwane Open where he had finished eighth in 2013. However, weekend rounds of 75 and 71 derailed him in rainy conditions and Ross Fisher went on to win the tournament.
However, Madsen found himself in fourth position in the Chase to the Investec Cup, and within 198 points of Fisher who led the points race going into the Investec Cup. He is part of an elite field of 30 players who made it through a year-long quest for points in all the regular-season Sunshine Tour events in the Chase to the Investec Cup, beginning with the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open last April and ending at the Tshwane Open.
“If you’d told me at the beginning of the season I was going to be playing in the Investec Cup final, I probably wouldn’t have believed you,” said Madsen. “I love it down here. I played the course in the practice round and it’s in good condition, even with all the rain they’ve had.
“It would mean a lot to me to win this – whatever tournament you win, and wherever you win, it’s always special. But it would mean a great deal to me to win this week, because there are so many good players here.
“This tournament is special, because it caps a wonderful time I’ve been having in South Africa. I kind of had an idea last year – I like the grass we play on, the atmosphere and everything.
“I never imagined I’d win my first tournament on the European Tour down here. It’s been a great ride and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it,” he added.