4th July 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Upward trajectory for Musi
Musiwalo Nethunzwi climbed into the top 50 of the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit for the first time since turning professional five years ago and now he is aiming for the top 10 at the end of the season.
“It is important to me,” Nethunzwi said about being 47th through the first quarter of the 2018-19 season. “It shows that there is progress and hard work is paying off. It is important and I just need to keep it that way and make it better as well. The goal is to finish in the top 10 on the Order of Merit which is doable. I am putting a lot of work in my game. Just watch this space.”
The 29-year-old player does not want to drop the ball going forward. “What you can expect is that I am just going to keep on doing what I have been doing and I am going to keep my ranking better,” he said.
The results are a clear indication that there is something that he is doing right this time around. “I needed to sacrifice a lot of things and spend a lot of time working on my game, going to the gym, eating healthy food. Those are the things I changed because I was practicing a lot, but not going to the gym. So, now I have divided my time, gym, practice and eating healthy as well.”
Indeed, this is the improvement for Nethunzwi. Last year he finished 87th on the money rankings while he came 132nd in the 2013 season and struggled to retain his card after losing it in 2014, 2015 and 2016-17.
Being in the top 50 on the Order of Merit is a result of a promising season for Nethunzwi in which he has already finished tied 30th at the Zanaco Masters, tied 31st at the Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open and then a share of 39th at the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open. He would have climbed even higher had he managed to qualify at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and he missed consecutive cuts at Lombard Insurance Classic and the Sun City Challenge.
Staying inside the top 50 is good for getting in the big co-sanctioned events automatically and then doing well in one of those can get him big money, and maybe even a step closer to being able to play in Europe.
Nethunzwi, a member of the Gary Player Class of 2018-19, is currently preparing for the upcoming KCB Karen Masters in Kenya and he is leaving no stone unturned. “At the moment I am working on my fitness a lot. I am working on my putting and long game as well. I am spending a lot of time on my long game and putting, but I am working on all of my games from short game to long game,” he said.
The Gary Player Class is the Sunshine Tour’s development programme which benefits from the longstanding support of the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB), founded in 1999 by Johann Rupert as the official body for golf development in South Africa, as well as the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation (EEFF) in a collective effort to use golf to improve the lives of disadvantaged South Africans.