As a former South African amateur number one, Haydn Porteous looked destined to become one of the countries most promising golfers, and a win at the co-sanctioned Jo’burg Open earlier this year saw those dreams become a reality.
With the win, Porteous received a two-year exemption on the European Tour, as well as an invaluable trip to Royal Troon for the 145th Open Championship.
The biggest week of his life awaits, and for Porteous it’s an opportunity to remind the golfing world what he is capable of.
However, since his Jo’burg Open triumph, it’s been a mixed bag of results for the 22-year-old, with seven out of 12 cuts made on the European Tour.
Out of those cuts, his best results have come at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Tshwane Open where he finished tie-eighth and tie-10th, respectively.
However, what is most vexing ahead of The Open Championship is Porteous’ recent run of form. With one cut made in his last four appearances, a share of 74th at the Nordea Masters, Porteous looks to be struggling with his game.
The immediate signs don’t look good; as Porteous carded an opening round seven-over-par 78 in round one of the 100th Open de France. He will need a blistering second round to jump inside the cut line, or it may be one cut in his last five starts in Europe.
With The Open only two weeks away, things need to change rapidly. There is an argument that Porteous still needs to acclimatise to life on tour, something that often takes more than a year to achieve.
One thing is for sure; Porteous is talented. With opportunities available for him to shine thanks to his previous achievements, the time for him to shine again is now. Royal Troon awaits.