Sun City: where Horne hopes home is

2016 BMW SA Open: Day 3Keith Horne won last year’s Sun City Challenge, but he will have to do it all again on a different course if he is to defend his title in the tournament which gets underway on Thursday.

His victory came at the Lost City Golf Club, but the tournament is being held at Gary Player Country Club this year, and, while he’s familiar with the layout there, it presents a whole different set of challenges.

“I think I play better at Lost City though so I’m a little disappointed that it’s changed to Gary Player Country Club, but it’s such a great golf course to play so I’m still looking forward to the week,” he said.

“It’s always nice to come back to Sun City. It’s a great place to play a tournament – nice facilities, good golf courses. It’s a different course this time around. When the Dimension Data Pro-Am was played here for the last time was when I played here last, so I’m looking forward to playing it. It’s a great golf course and a good test. I’ve won a tournament on this one as well (the Nashua Challenge in 2008),” he added.

Horne has eight victories on the Sunshine Tour, with last year’s Sun City Challenge his most recent. He has been campaigning on the Asian Tour, and is currently in 41st spot on that Order of Merit after playing nine tournaments.

But he’s not entirely happy with his game. “I’m playing okay but the putting’s not so good,” he said. “My short game and my scoring is letting me down. I’m actually playing a lot better than I’m scoring. I feel like I’m right there. I need just one or two holes just to get it going and then I’ll go deep. But I just can’t seem to get the scores together.

“I’m a little disappointed in my results at mid-year, but we’re not even half-way through our season here, so there’s lots to do and a good finish is what I’m aiming for.”

Doing that in comfort is something he is looking forward to. “I just came back from Thailand on Monday after which I just spent time at home,” he said. “I’ve played this course enough times, so I’m just going to go out there for nine holes, get used to the greens – get a sense of how fast they are. I know all the lines, where to go. But it’s been nice to spend a couple of days at home and acclimatise – it’s colder here than it is in Thailand.

“It’s always nice to come back home – catch up with the big travelling circus, have dinner with my friends from the past 20 years, and see if I can beat them all.”

 

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