Theunis Spangenberg makes no secret of the fact that he is a fan of the Western Province rugby team, so that teamÂs Currie Cup victory is inspiring him during the ISPS Handa South African Match Play Championship.
He played his way into the quarter-finals on Friday with a 2-up victory over Keenan Davidse, and immediately thought of the 11-year-drought his rugby team endured before winning the Currie Cup once again.
ÂIÂve been thinking about how I won the South African Junior Match Play 11 years ago too,Â said Spangeberg, Âand it was just down the road here at Wingate Park.
ÂI feel fairly confident with match play. I think itÂs a game that you can go really positive and donÂt hold back,Â he added.
Spangenberg, ranked 52nd for the R2-million tournament at Zwartkop Country Club, will be up against the 21st-ranked Merrick Bremner in the quarter-final, and Bremner will hit the ball a whole lot further than the opponents Spangenberg has faced thus far.
ÂMost of the guys on the tour are longer than me,Â he laughed, Âso IÂm used to that. But itÂs going to be great fun. MerrickÂs game is on. He was playing behind me today so I saw a couple of his shots Â and heÂs always good.
ÂIÂm up for the challenge every day,Â he added.