"It’s an awesome feeling to win the Di-Data (Pro-Am)," he said. "It’s one of the premier events on our tour. It’s what you dream about on the Sunshine Tour."
This week at the 2014 intallment that plays out at Fancourt, Bekker has the Bridgestone in the back of his mind, but there is a long way to go.
“It’s really a big honor. You compare yourself with the rest of the world. In South Africa, we’ve got a couple of big events but we don’t really get the guys coming down there that often, so it’s good to have that chance,” he said.
Standing in his way is last week’s Africa Open winner Thomas Aiken, defending champion Jaco van Zyl, Nelson Mandela Championship winner Dawie van der Walt and the in-form Justin Walters, all of whom are ready to win.
This week’s Di-Data Pro-Am spans 72 holes, with one round played at each of the Montagu, Outeniqua and Links courses before a final round at the Montagu. After 54 holes there is a cut to the leading 65 and those tied on the number.
Bekker has faced stiff competition before at Fancourt and emerged victorious. Back in 2012 he shot 65 during the first round at the Montagu course and then a final-round 70 to beat Tyrone Ferreira and Thomas Aiken by two shots.
With a R3,75-million prize fund and 168 players in the field, this year’s Dimension Data Pro-Am promises to be as thrilling as ever. For the winner it provides a golden ticket into one of golf’s biggest events.
“The goal is eventually to end up in America. … That’s been my dream since I was a young boy,” said Bekker.