8th February 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Thimba plots for Eye of Africa PGA Champs
Following his strong finish at the BMW SA Open hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni where he finished in a share of 67th, Toto Thimba Jr says he has a plan of how to get a decent score at this week’s Eye of Africa PGA Championship which tees off this Thursday at the Eye of Africa Signature Golf Course.
“I have to play the par-fives well,” Toto said, talking about his strategy to play the long course. “That’s where you’re going to score, because the par-threes are long as well, so you just have to score on the par-fives.” said Toto.
After last year’s missed cut, Thimba says he will aim for a better finish.
“I am feeling great about my game and I just have to work hard. It’s a good track and I love the layout. I think you just have to go low here because the fairways are wide and if you keep the ball in play and get your approach shot right, the rest is history. Well, it’s a long course, I mean you have to keep the ball in play and you just have to make sure that you punish the par-fives and once you punish the par-five, I think you can keep rolling and going,” Toto said.
Toto is going to the Eye of Africa PGA Championship with confidence as he was one of three members of the Gary Player class of 2017-18 who finished highest at last month’s BMW SA Open proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni. The Other two players were Keenan Davidse (43rd) followed by Musiwalo Nethunzwi (51st).
The Gary Player Class of 2017 is the Sunshine Tour’s main development squad for previously disadvantaged professional golfers and benefits from the longstanding and continued support of the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB), that was founded in 1999 as the official body for golf development in South Africa, as well as the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation (EEFF) in the collective effort to use golf to improve the lives of disadvantaged South Africans.
“I am very pleased with how I’ve played and everything, it was a good week. I hit the ball great and apparently, I think it was a great week for me, I really enjoyed myself,” he added.
He, like all members of that squad, will want to emulate and even better Makhetha Mazibuko’s feat who tied with Dylan Frittelli for second after Erik van Rooyen defeated the two men on the first play-off hole here last season.