The big man from Stellenbosch won the 2012 Dimension Data Pro-Am and went on to compete in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that year. He has also been in the field at most of the co-sanctioned events of the Sunshine Tour’s summer swing, which has given him a solid experience base.
This week’s €1-million European tournament plays out in Austria, where Bekker will be looking for a steady week. Hoping to have a chance on Sunday is the 29-year-old’s goal, but the first step is to make the weekend, which will take shot-by-shot focus.
A handful of Europe’s favourites are in the field this week, including Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jeev Milkha Singh and Joost Luiten.
Countryman Jbe’ Kruger is the top-ranked South African that will compete at Diamond Country Club, while Alex Haindl, James Kingston, Tjaart van der Walt, Keith Horne and Jake Roos all join the hunt this week.
The week loomed for the locals, but Bekker viewed the coming tournament with same outlook that he held at the Telkom PGA Championship in March.
“I’ve been swinging well for three or four months now so if I can just keep on hitting it in the fairway and on the green and giving myself a good look at birdie. If the putts go in you score well and if they don’t then you score alright,” he said.