Back in 2013 Titch Moore finished fifth at Langebaan Country Estate during the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung. The result was one of seven top-fives from the Sunshine Tour veteran in that year and he looked set to end a seven-year title drought.
In 2014 he completed his comeback into the winners’ circle with a victory at the Telkom Business PGA Championship, where he finished the week on 15-under-par and then beat Ulrich van den Berg in a playoff.
Moore won again in October 2014 at the Sun Boardwalk Challenge, which was held in his home town of Port Elizabeth. The coastal conditions of Nelson Mandela Bay included heavy winds and some rain, which played right into the 39-year-old’s hands.
This week on the West Coast a new and improved Moore will tee up, one who is a favourite going into the week rather than someone looking to end a dry spell.
“Two years ago I was knocking on the door a few times, but didn’t have any wins. Winning the Telkom and then in the wind at Humewood was very nice.
“Coastal golf definitely suits me. I’m one of the better wind players out here, but it will be the same for everybody. Being one of the favourites in the wind makes me hope for a little bit of a breeze,” he said.
The St. Francis Links representative has been playing decent golf of late, most recently finishing in a share of 30th at the Lombard Insurance Classic. His top result this season was a share of 13th at the Zambia Sugar Open, and it certainly feels like he has more to give.
“I’m looking forward to the week. It’s a nice course and I played here two years ago and finished quite high up there. I’m hitting my irons really good, and the greens are a bit tricky, so if I can putt half decently then I’ll be right up there this week,” he said.
A return to the coast, where the forecast is for blustery conditions, could well give Moore the final nudge he needs to claim his first win of the year.
“At the end of the week the cream normally comes to the top. Hopefully I’m up there with a chance near the end of the tournament,” said Moore.
There are plenty of coastal specialists standing in his way, not least of whom are Heinrich Bruiners, Keenan Davidse and defending champion Jean Hugo. One thing is for certain – there will be a showdown at Langebaan Country Estate this week.