The year-long Chase to the Investec Cup started at last year’s Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open, ran through the rest of the 2015 season, and the quest for points is now reaching its sharp end, with only the Tshwane Open, the Dimension Data Pro-Am and the Eye of Africa PGA Championship ahead of the finale which gets underway on March 9 at Millvale Private Retreat in North West Province.
Sterne is currently projected to finish just on the cusp of getting into that elite field for that final event, during which the 16 players will fight it out for the R10-million bonus pool.
Players have earned points dependent on the size and importance of the tournament throughout the year-long period, and with the tournaments co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and The European Tour – like the Tshwane Open – carrying a total of 10,000 points, of which 900 are awarded to first place, a good showing at Pretoria Country Club is clearly important, as the haul for a win would help someone make up a good deal of the leeway leader Dean Burmester has bought himself with his four victories during the Chase to the Investec Cup so far.
Burmester leads on 1,666.89 points, and the person on 16th ahead of the Tshwane Open was Jacques Blaauw on 862.05.
So Sterne’s performance over the weekend can lift him from his current 468.66 points.
The tournament already has a strong history, having attracted locals Charl Schwartzel, George Coetzee, Dawie van der Walt and Darren Fichardt in the past.