His share of second in last week’s Sunshine Tour tournament was his best performance of the year, but what pleased Ockie Strydom most about it was that it got him into the Alfred Dunhill Championship which tees off at Leopard Creek on Thursday.
The 30-year-old from Kempton Park would have had to battle it out with nearly 100 other hopefuls in the Tuesday qualifier for the European Tour co-sanctioned event on the border of the Kruger National Park, but his performance in the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open, book-ended by a pair of five-under-par 67s, vaulted him straight into the field, giving him both peace of mind and some much-need practice time on the course.
“Getting into the Alfred Dunhill Championship was probably the main goal for me in Cape Town,” said Strydom of his highest finish of the year which took him into 40th spot on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, his best position since his 2011 season which he finished in 12th, courtesy of aa share of third in the South African Open championship.
“I’ve been playing nicely the whole year, and in Cape Town, where I started my golf, it all came together,” he said. “I hit the ball well all week, I putted nicely.”
A solid performance in the Alfred Dunhill Championship can round out the year well for him, but he’s after even more than that. “I’m confident big-time going into Leopard Creek,” he said. “It isn’t an easy course, but in the form that I’m in at the moment, I’ve got so much confidence, I believe I can maybe pull off a win.”