Over the last two years Jake Roos has grown into one of the best golfers on the Sunshine Tour. This week’s South African Open Championship is the perfect place for him to break through to the European Tour.
At 33 years old Roos is in his golfing prime. Four wins in the last two seasons attest to that fact, but he’s yet to shine at co-sanctioned events such as this week’s €1,1-million SA Open.
The Centurion professional tied for 10th at the Tshwane Open earlier this year, but his record in co-sanctioned events pales in comparison to his dominance on the Sunshine Tour.
For the first time since 1997 the SA Open returns to Glendower Golf Club, which is hailed as a true test of golf. Roos finished tied 20th at the BMG Classic at Glendower one month ago and has a good idea of how to approach the course.
Five playoff wins have proven him to be a man with icy veins. He’ll need that calm confidence this week when he pegs up alongside the likes of Charl Schwartzel and Retief Goosen.
Added to the international threat are the local heroes in action this week. Jacques Blaauw took his third win of the year just two weeks ago, Ulrich van den Berg won the BMG Classic a month ago and Charl Coetzee has missed only five cuts in 22 starts this year.
Roos ranks 12th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, 277th in the Official World Golf Ranking and has six wins under his belt. It’s his time to step up, which won’t be easy, but he has the game.