The six-time European Tour winner has struggled with injury over the last two years, but was in good health at Royal Cape Golf Club ahead of this week’s R1,2-million tournament.
“I haven’t played in quite a long time, so it will be tricky to get the feel of everything straight away, but I’m trying to use it as a start to the new season. I’ve taken some time off to get things right and there’s some good stuff on the range, but I need to take it to the course now,” he said.
The former world number 29 has given his body a break over the last few months, but was ready to take it for a test drive this week in the Mother City.
“I really struggled with my game for quite a while now. I had a hip operation last year and it was a success, but I’ve struggled to get back into the game from there,” he said.
“It’s caused issues with my setup. I’m favouring the other leg and it’s been tough to get things back, which has shown in my results. I’m hoping to get through four rounds here and spend some time on the golf course,” he added.
Sterne grew up in Stellenbosch and is well accustomed to the winds of the Western Cape. His knowledge of Royal Cape was a bit foggy, but he knew what to expect from South Africa’s oldest course.
“The course looks nice, although I played here many years ago. It’s an old, traditional course and with the wind it can get quite tricky, but it’s nice to be playing back here,” he said.