Shortly after winning the 2012 Investec Royal Swazi Open Christiaan Basson exchanged vows with his wife Ronalda. One year later he’s accustomed to married life and, at 31 years old, has the maturity to stand up to South Africa’s finest, which he’ll need to do at the Alfred Dunhill Championship this week.
“It does help being more mature, especially in course management. I don’t know whether it’s age or experience, but you assess your risk-and-reward shots far better and that helps you to make better decisions on the course,” he said.
The Capetonian heads to the €1,5-million tournament at Leopard Creek hot off the back of a tied-15th result at the South African Open Championship.
“I really took a lot from this weekend at Glendower,” the two-time Sunshine Tour winner said. “I handled myself pretty well after some tough starts on those final two days.”
Garth Mulroy won the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship and it opened many doors for him.
In that same year Basson shot a Saturday 68 and began the final round tied for 14th place, but on the Sunday he shot a forgettable 73 that ended with a drop at the 18th.
It’s been two years since that trip to Leopard Creek and the King David Golf Club professional is a different man. Last week at the SA Open he birdied the 18th at Glendower Golf Club to share 10th with none other than Mulroy.
“My confidence has improved a lot this year,” said Basson. “I might not have the results I did last year, but my game is much better and my confidence is growing,” he said.
The summer is heating up and so is his golf, which makes this week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship the perfect launch pad for him to break through to the world stage.
“It’s nice to have good results coming into the tournament and to have a good history at the course. My goal is to do well in these co-sanctioned events and finish high enough on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit to get exemptions into the later stage of European Tour qualifying school,” he said.