Bruiners hunts for second win at Euphoria

6th March 2019 | Sunshine Tour

Bruiners hunts for second win at Euphoria

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Bruiners hunts for second win at Euphoria

Heinrich Bruiners plans to go all out at this week’s Limpopo Championship in his quest to claim his second victory at Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate while trying to salvage an indifferent season.

“This event is motivation for me to see if I can win something this season,” he said. “I am going to try and have my expectations low this week. This event is going to force me to do my best. This has not been one of my greatest years, but I have been working on so many good things.”

The 2013 Vodacom Origins of Golf Euphoria and the only member of the Gary Player Class to taste victory in Modimolle occupies 98th on the Order of Merit and while he knows he’s not been at his best, Bruiners will not put pressure on himself as he searches for his second win on Tour.

“I feel I am very close to doing my best again,” Bruiners says. “I will make sure that I don’t push myself too hard. I will just enjoy it and have fun and make the best of the week.”

It might be six years since Bruiners found joy in Modimolle, but he still has memories of the day he claimed his only win on Tour. “It was an amazing week,” he recalled. “I can’t believe it’s been six years already, but I am definitely looking forward to playing again at my other home course. I think I had a putt on 17 and It was about a two metre-putt and I made it. I was so relieved. It was a putt for par. I think the best was just walking on the last hole after I hit it on the green with a five iron. I just wanted to get the job done.”

Bruiners’ plan for this Annika Sorenstam-designed course is quite simple and straightforward. “The key to scoring low here is to hit it well from the tee,” he said. “The rough is a bit longer and the fairways are a bit longer. Par-threes are also playing longer. I think it is going to be different this year.

“The ball is not going to roll as much as it did a few years ago, but the course is still the same. It definitely makes a difference if you hit it longer. I enjoy hitting long irons. I think that was my biggest advantage when I played this course before. That should also be my biggest advantage for me this week.”

Bruiners is a member of the Gary Player Class, 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.

 

 

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