Last year Ulrich van den Berg led the Chase to the Investec Cup before the South African Open Championship, which was the first 72-hole event of the summer. This year he’s produced nine top-six results in his last 11 starts and consistency is a huge part of his game.
“I’ve felt like the last two or three years have been a great improvement and I have to thank my coach Mike de Villiers. The results are showing and I feel like a complete player,” he said.
He’s in contention again at the Nedbank Affinity Cup this week, where a second-round 66 took him within two shots of the lead.
“I had a good back nine today and shot 31 without birdieing the 18th. I got on a nice roll and hit some pure irons shots coming around the corner from 12 to 16. I hit it really close and walked all of my birdies in from inside of four feet,” he said.
Van den Berg has a relaxed outlook when it comes to winning – the type of outlook that comes from experience. Since turning professional in 1999 he’s won seven times, but the 39-year-old is more focused on being a great career golfer than he is on collecting silverware.
“I’m a professional golfer and my job is to perform consistently and make a living. I give my best every time and see what happens once I’ve added up my scores – if it’s good enough for a win then that’s great. I’ll just keep plugging away,” he said.
At Lost City Golf Club on Wednesday his round of 66 was the result of a sublime back nine. It’s the kind of golf that has become standard from Van den Berg, who has made in excess of R1,2-million this season and ranks ninth on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
For the umpteenth week he’s in position to win, but the main goal is to keep performing like he has done for the past two years.