Justin Walters wants to capitalise on his recent fine form when he tees up in the Africa Open this week. The 33 year old finished tied second in last week’s Joburg Open, having led going into the final round, and he is aiming to keep his foot on the gas at East London Golf Club.
“Any time you start to feel a bit of form you want to continue,” he said. “You never know week to week what’s going to happen, but I’d like to get the momentum going and not be a one-week wonder.
“The game is its own beast, because we’re in a different part of the country, different greens, different conditions, but I’d like to build towards something, get myself into position again and do a better job at the end.”
Walters had two rounds of 64 coupled with a 70 in round two and a final round 73 last week, and he is targeting some similarly aggressive tactics in East London.
“If there is no wind then you have to be aggressive this week,” he continued. “The only really defence to this course is the wind, and when it blows this course becomes a real animal.
“So it largely depends on the conditions. The course is in great shape and if the weather is kind then we’ll see a lot of birdies and guys being quite aggressive.
“The greens are firmer than last week, so if you’re not in the fairway it will be harder to get at the pins. If it’s in range than I will throw it as close as I can and hopefully it works out.”
This is the seventh South African event of the season, and hopes are high for another home winner to follow George Coetzee’s success in Johannesburg last week.
Thomas Aiken, Dawie Van der Walt, Jbe Kruger and defending champion Darren Fichardt will all be hoping for home advantage, while other notable names in the field include Englishman Robert Rock and Frenchman Grégory Bourdy.
From: European Tour