22nd August 2016

Blaauw hopes home comforts help

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2016 Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open: Day 1Although he was disappointed to find out as he touched down back in South African that he had got into this week’s Made in Denmark tournament on The European Tour, Jacques Blaauw is still very happy to be back home.

He tees it up in this week’s R700,000 Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge, which gets underway on Wednesday, and finishes after 54 holes on Friday, and he is hoping that his recent run of poor form in Europe – he made one cut in six tournaments on The European Tour and Challenge Tour – will come to an end.

“It started coming right last week,” said Blaauw. “I was swinging it well, but I couldn’t make any putts on the Czech Republic. I’ve been really struggling, and that happens when you make little changes on your swing. It threw me off, and now I’m slowly getting used to it.”

All of that was in stark contrast to the beginning of the year on the Sunshine Tour, where he finished in a share of seventh in the Joburg Open, sixth in the Eye of Africa PGA Championship, eighth in the Investec Cup, and second in the KCM Zambia Open.

“It’s great to be home,” he said. “I love the Wild Coast course too. I grew up on coastal courses, and I love courses where the wind makes you think your way around, instead of just having to bomb it.

“I’ve also been pretty inspired by the recent wins of my two friends Oliver Bekker at Sun City and Vaughn Groenewald last week at Arabella.

“It would be great to get a good start this week and get my name in the mix again,” he added.