Van der Spuy eyes strong Limpopo finish

7th March 2019 | Sunshine Tour

Van der Spuy eyes strong Limpopo finish

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Van der Spuy eyes strong Limpopo finish

Rourke van der Spuy says despite the ups and downs he’s had to deal with in recent times, he is happy with his season so far and hopes to end it on a high note.

He has every opportunity to bookend the season – having won the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open early on in the season – with a solid finish and his five-under-par 67 start at the inaugural Limpopo Championship is a good step in that direction.

“It’s been a big season for me,” he admitted after his round at Euphoria Golf and Lifestyle Estate in Modimolle. “It is by far my best start to the year but I haven’t finished it off as nicely as I would’ve liked to but to get that win early in the year sort of set me up. To try and finish stronger here is kind of a bonus, in a way.

“I’ve had a bit of a downward patch in the last few months and it has been a bit of a struggle,” he says, “but today, the focus was kind of ‘forget the bad shots, forget everything and just have fun and enjoy yourself. Kind of go back to your roots of what it was like playing golf even as a junior’. It was a bit of a battle but to break through today was quite nice.”

He is a shot behind the in-form JC Ritchie who had the clubhouse lead at six-under par.

“It’s always nice to start with a decent low score,” he said of his opening round at Euphoria. “It’s been a couple of rough few months for me but to get back in the mix to start off with in the first round is always nice.”

Like many other golfers, Van der Spuy understands the magnitude of this event in Limpopo as it is not only important for those chasing the Order of Merit, but also for those who are fighting to keep their playing cards for the next season.

Add the possibility of playing or missing the Tour Championship to be held at Serengeti Estate, and you have an incentive solid enough to warrant that all players go for nothing less than victory this week.

“It’s nice to have this new event before our Tour Champs, that’s pretty much our cherry on top,” he said, “and it’s a big week for us to build some confidence.”

While we can’t read too much into his opening round of 67 of the Limpopo Championship due to the nature of golf (things change quickly out here), Van der Spuy has been playing well, only to be betrayed by the results and this week presents him with an opportunity to end the season the same way he started it; brilliantly!

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