Vaughn booming at Koro Creek

2015 Vodacom Origins of Golf at Koro Creek: Day 1They call him ‘Boom’ on tour, because he drives the ball so far, and on Friday at Koro Creek Golf Estate Vaughn Groenewald lived up to the title as he rocketed around in 66.

He’s already a two-time winner on tour this year, but a troublesome patch with the driver set his dominant season off course. Once the 40-year-old got a new one-wood in the bag it was back to business, which meant a 12-under-par total after 36 holes of this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung.

“About five weeks ago I changed heads on my driver and everything went cockeye. For over a month I was battling, but Taylormade sorted me out with a driver on the weekend and the first time I hit it was a great feeling.

“Hitting it further is good out here and I’m getting that confidence back. You’ve still got to place the ball in the right spots, but there are a couple of holes where you can get up and smoke it,” he said.

Koro Creek Golf Estate is generous off the tee and that allows the professionals to take on the course. Groenewald did exactly that on Friday and carded 33 on either side of the turn to claim the early lead.

“It’s great to be up there once again. It’s quite amazing how this year has gone with two wins. It’s incredible how things change, because you start to play without trying and that’s what you want. The confidence is high and I just have to get out there and make it happen,” he said.

One round remains before prize-giving and Groenewald was ready to take aim at a fifth career title, especially with the Chase to the Investec Cup playing in the back of his mind.

“I’m looking forward to the summer events and it’s nice to go into them playing well. There is a much bigger incentive to win now that the Investec Cup has been cut to 16 players,” he said.

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