Albert Pistorius was ready to give up the game a year ago, until his Big Easy Tour win at Glendower Golf Club turned everything around. This week he returns to the 6914-metre track for the BMG Classic and, at 44th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, is ready to take the next big step.
ÂThere are some great memories here and I feel like IÂm really playing well, just like last year. Things have definitely changed since then Â I feel much more confident and relaxed,Â he said.
The 31-year-old has seven top-15 finished to his name this season, which shows just how far heÂs come in a year. HeÂs just taken a fortnight off to recuperate before the Sunshine TourÂs busy summer schedule, which makes him prime for a big result.
ÂI took two weeks off to rest before summer,Â he said. ÂItÂs a break because I worked a bit too hard in the off-season and itÂs better to play when youÂre fresh. The swing is looking good now and everything is feeling strong. This little break did me wonders.”
Although he still has moments of frustration, Pistorius is in the right space to win again at Glendower. ÂEven now you can feel like you want to give up Â itÂs that love-hate relationship with the game, but IÂm mentally prepared,Â he said. ÂYou should never predict in golf, so IÂm just going to see what happens this week, but I feel ready.Â
HeÂll have to overcome local professional Teboho Sefatsa, who recently won the Big Easy Tour Order of Merit. HeÂs confident after claiming top honours on the development tour.
ÂI set out at the beginning of the year looking to win the Big Easy Order of Merit, and it happened. Now IÂm looking forward to the summer season on the Sunshine Tour.Â
ÂLocal knowledge will definitely play a part this week. ItÂs easier when you know where to hit it on the course, but at the end of the day itÂs still a tournament and I have to focus,Â he said.
Sefatsa spoke with a confidence that comes from success when he said: ÂIf I keep playing the way I have been over the last couple of months then anything is possible. WeÂll have to wait and see what Sunday brings.Â