Pistorius returns to Glendower as a changed man

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.

“There are some great memories here and I feel like I’m really playing well, just like last year. Things have definitely changed since then – I feel much more confident and relaxed,” he said.

The 31-year-old has seven top-15 finished to his name this season, which shows just how far he’s come in a year. He’s just taken a fortnight off to recuperate before the Sunshine Tour’s busy summer schedule, which makes him prime for a big result.

“I took two weeks off to rest before summer,” he said. “It’s a break because I worked a bit too hard in the off-season and it’s better to play when you’re 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. “Even now you can feel like you want to give up – it’s that love-hate relationship with the game, but I’m mentally prepared,” he said. “You should never predict in golf, so I’m just going to see what happens this week, but I feel ready.”

He’ll have to overcome local professional Teboho Sefatsa, who recently won the Big Easy Tour Order of Merit. He’s confident after claiming top honours on the development tour.

“I set out at the beginning of the year looking to win the Big Easy Order of Merit, and it happened. Now I’m looking forward to the summer season on the Sunshine Tour.”

“Local knowledge will definitely play a part this week. It’s easier when you know where to hit it on the course, but at the end of the day it’s still a tournament and I have to focus,” he said.

Sefatsa spoke with a confidence that comes from success when he said: “If I keep playing the way I have been over the last couple of months then anything is possible. We’ll have to wait and see what Sunday brings.”

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