Roos ready for Vodacom Origins Final

“I thought that I would be able to focus more on my studies this year, but I’m playing so well at the moment that it’s hard to take a break.”


Those were the words of Jake Roos shortly after he won the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open in April. Since then he’s picked up four top-25s on the Vodacom Origins of Golf Series, which comes to a climax at the Final tournament at St Francis Links this week.


While the Irene local recorded an uncharacteristic missed cut at the Platinum Classic a fortnight ago, his other results building up to the week in St. Francis Bay have been exemplary.


His best Vodacom Origins result of the year came at Euphoria Golf Estate, where he picked up a share of second in mid-August. A week later he carded a final-round 68 for a share of 15th at Vodacom Origins of Golf Langebaan.


In September the Irene local overcame the tough conditions at Vodacom Origins of Golf Parys, where he earned a share of 12th.


As tough courses go, St. Francis Links is the pinnacle. The last time the Sunshine Tour headed to the Jack Nicklaus-designed track only two players made sub-par totals over 54 holes.


The coastal winds and penal rough make the course a nightmare for bombers, while consistency is rewarded. Big numbers lurk around every corner, and Roos is the type of player who has the mental game to succeed in the gusty conditions.


His win at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open came on the back of solid play in the blustery conditions of the Cape, similar to his tied-ninth finish at the Dimension Data Pro-Am, which plays out across the coastal courses of Fancourt.


While St. Francis is famously tough, Roos has proved many times before that difficult, windy conditions work in his favour. With six wins and 28 top-10s spread across his Sunshine Tour career it will be no surprise if Roos contends yet again, this time at St. Francis Links.


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