The Spaniard went back-to-back at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2009 and 2010, which added to his love for South Africa. He’s built a fondness for the rainbow nation that extends far beyond the golf courses.
“We always try to come here as much as possible. My family love it here and the last time we came here we stayed for a month and drove around. The country is amazing, because there is so much to do. A couple of years ago we drove from the Kruger National Park to Durban. We did the whole coast and travelled right down to George, and it was a spectacular trip,” he said.
Martin Benavides resides in Sweden, but left the Scandinavian cold for African shores and flew via Dubai to Sun City for this week’s R800,000 tournament.
“When I left home it was three degrees and we’ve been getting ice in the mornings. You have to wait until about 10.30 each morning for the ice to melt so that you can go out and play, so it’s really nice to come and play here in the good weather,” he said.
This week in the North West Province he’s aiming to heat things up ahead of a long playing stint.
“I’ve never been here to Sun City and I have been looking forward to it. This tournament is a perfect preparation for the next few weeks, because I have (European Tour) Qualifying School and the Alfred Dunhill Championship coming up. After that we’ve got a couple more tournaments in Australia and Thailand, so this week is a good way to warm up,” he said.