He carded an opening four-under-par 68 to set himself up nicely for the tournament at Nkana Golf Club, and was just two shots off the first-round lead held by Theunis Spangenberg.
“I’d like to think a win is closer than it has been for quite a while,” he said. “I can’t force winning though, because I can’t ever control what everyone else is doing. There might be someone else playing great that week as well. I am playing well and I hope that will continue.”
Van Rooyen has had a solid start to his 2015 Sunshine Tour season, with top-10 finishes in the Tshwane Open, where he shared 10th behind George Coetzee’s victory, and he shared third in the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open which was won by Dean Burmester. Those performances, together with a share of 13th in the Africa Open, have lifted him to 13th in the Order of Merit after six tournaments, and he could soon take the one step up from his best finish on the tour of second at last July’s Vodacom Origins of Golf at St Francis Links.
He has been putting well lately, which is always important for scoring, but there’s more. “I’m also driving it well,” he said, “and when those two things come together, it’s a simple game.”
Despite the success, he’s happy to just be ready, should the chance of a win present itself. “I have to patient while this waiting game is going on,” he said. “It’s a strange game, this. Sometimes you’re playing great and you don’t win and then sometimes you’re having a bit of a dip and all of a sudden you get a win. You don’t know when it’s going to happen, so I’ll just wait my turn.”