Riekus roars to wire-to-wire Waterkloof victory

2016 Big Easy - THE ROAR: Day 3Riekus Nortje held his nerve on the final day of The ROAR, carding a two-under-par 70 to take the title by four strokes.

Nortje started the day four strokes ahead of Teaghan Gauche, and despite a mid-round wobble, he finished strongly to claim his fourth Big Easy Tour title.

“Well the nerves were there from the first hole. There were a couple of bad tee shots and that was basically it. For the rest it was still okay. I didn’t hit the ball great today but I still got it around and made some good putts at the end where I needed to,” explained Nortje.

Nortje, who currently teaches golf at the Buhrmann Du Toit Academy, says he will have some serious thinking to do regarding his future, however it’s a process that will take time.

“It means a lot to be honest. I’ll have to sit down and think a little bit this weekend. For now I’ll still go on with the job and play a little bit here and there. I’ll take it from there. I’ve still got a lot of room to improve in my golf,” said Nortje.

The mid-round stutter from Nortje generated some nerves, but the ability to slow it down and cope with the stress is something Nortje prides himself in.

“It was a little bit of a tiring day, but I did enjoy it. I’m glad it’s over – the stress was a little bit hectic in the middle of the round – I got through it and kept my head and my cool. So I’m really looking forward to the next couple of events. I just told myself to slow it down. I needed to get the focus back again. It’s basically all you can do and you just need to get into a rhythm again,” explained Nortje.

Claiming the title at Waterkloof Golf Club may have been stressful for the 25-year-old, but the win comes as the most important one to date for Nortje.

“It was a big sigh of relief. It’s the most important victory by far. The other three were in my first year and I still did okay on the Sunshine Tour. This victory – I mean I’ve had two bad years in a row – all of a sudden things are coming back together. It’s very important and probably by far the most important. “

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