Chris Swanepoel might have had a tough final few holes to his tournament last week, but his third place in the Telkom PGA Championship has assured him of a spot in the lucrative Investec Cup.
And while his 30th position means he is not going to be able to challenge for the R2-million payout from the Investec Cup Bonus Pool of R5-million, he certainly has a chance of improving his position to win himself a bigger slice of that lucrative pie when the tournament tees off on Thursday.
ThatÂs because the Investec Cup tournament offers 500 points for the winner, and SwanepoelÂs 285.25 means he is unable to overhaul the leaderÂs 1,139.50 points.
But a good performance from Swanepoel in the tournament which plays out over four rounds Â one at Millvale Private Retreat, one at Rustenburg Golf Club, and the final two over the Lost City course at Sun City Â will go some way to salving the wounds caused by his four-bogeys-in-five-holes finish which saw him concede the Telkom PGA Championship to Jaco van Zyl.
It is Van Zyl who heads up the elite 30-man field, after his weekend victory gave him a narrow 15-point edge over Darren Fichardt.
Van Zyl has won two titles on the Âsummer swingÂ of the Sunshine Tour this year: The Dimension Data Pro-Am and the Telkom PGA Championship came in the nine tournaments he played of the possible 14.
The Chase to the Investec Cup started with last OctoberÂs BMG Classic and ended with the Telkom PGA Championship. The top 30 available players on the Investec Bonus Pool ranking, after the Telkom PGA Championship qualified for the season ending Investec Cup.
The Investec Bonus Pool will carry total prize money of R5-million with R2-million going to the winner Â 30th place will pick up R40,000. And the Investec Cup will carry a prize find of R1-million with R 163,400 going to the winner.
Fichardt played two more tournaments than Van Zyl, and it was his sparkling win over Van Zyl in the Africa Open and his runner-up finish in the Tshwane Open which cemented his second spot.