Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark might have won the South African Open Championship, but Hennie Otto’s share of second has vaulted him to the top of the Chase to the Investec Cup standings.
Otto took 725 points with Jbe’ Kruger, who was the man who shared second with him, and that haul lifted him above Ulrich van den Berg, whose share of 22nd keeps him in second place in the Chase to the Investec Cup which climaxes with the Investec Cup tournament in March 2014.
Qualification for the event is determined through a points system that incorporates 21 regular-season Sunshine Tour events, beginning with the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open in April and ending at the Telkom PGA Championship in March next year.
The points on offer vary based on the prize fund and size of the tournament, and events co-sanctioned with the European Tour such as the SA Open Championship offer up a massive 10,000 points, 900 of which go to the winner.
After the resounding success of the inaugural Chase to the Investec Cup series, the 2013-14 series will now feature a lucrative bonus pool of R10-million, double that of 2013. The winner of the 2014 Chase to the Investec Cup will win R3.5 million, with the second-placed finisher winning R950,000, and third R700,000, whilst 30th spot in the bonus pool pay-out will take home R50,000.
Madsen’s victory means he has 900 points, 88 behind Otto. Van den Berg is on 906.13, Kruger on 902.17, and in fifth place behind Madsen is Merrick Bremner on 789.67. Bremner finished in a share of 17th at the South African Open Championship.
Madsen is joined by two other European Tour members inside the top 30 at this stage after the South African Open Championship: Marco Crespi of Italy finished in a share of fourth and is in a share of 19th in the Chase to the Investec Cup with Charl Schwartzel, and Spain’s Alejandro Canizares rounds out the top 30 with 400 points for his sixth-place finish in the South African Open championship.
Ruan de Smidt is the man just outside the top 30 with 387.91 points.