10th January 2018 | Sunshine Tour
Van der Spuy into BMW SA Open
On his 28th birthday, Rourke van der Spuy will tee it up at Glendower Golf Club in the 107th BMW SA Open Championship proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni.
Van der Spuy received a call-up on his way back from a holiday in the Underberg informing him that he was in line to replace the withdrawn Dawie van der Walt.
“It’s a very different mindset going from preparing for a qualifier knowing that it’s three spots for over 100 guys to then getting a last minute call-up to participate in your national open championship,” said van der Spuy.
Since turning pro in 2015, van der Spuy has racked up seven top-10 finishes on Tour, with a career highlight coming at the Sun Fish River Sun Challenge where he beat out Merrick Bremner by a single stroke to claim a first career win on the Sunshine Tour.
Sitting opposite fellow Sunshine Tour player JP Strydom before an early morning practice round on Wednesday, both players joked about a Sunday finish in the final group.
“Hopefully come Sunday we’ll be battling it out in the final group but whatever happens, happens. It’s life-changing. It’s not just the exemptions on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour if you win, but also self-confidence and self-belief that this is what we play for,” explained Van der Spuy.
After making the cut at the Joburg Open towards the end of last year and a share of 40th place at Glendower in the 2017 BMW SA Open, van der Spuy will head into the first round with some positive birthday vibes and the aim of starting the year off with a bang.