23.10.2020 08:04 pm
“It really started gusting quite hard towards the last 30 minutes of the round. It was brutal. I can’t explain it,” said the now seven-time winner on tour.
Merrick Bremner battled some of the toughest conditions he’s ever experienced on a golf course to win the Sunshine Tour’s Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge by a single shot at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club on Friday.
Van Tonder will be the favourite in a two-horse race to win the order of merit for the Sunshine Tour’s return-to-play series.
“I made a few bogeys (three) but quite a few birdies (eight) so it didn’t matter, I’m always aggressive and it pays off most of the time.”
Other South Africans also put together decent rounds on the opening day, including the winner from Portugal last week, Garrick Higgo, as well as Justin Harding and Wilco Nienaber
“I felt I could have birdied every hole on the front nine, that’s how close I was hitting it, even though it was quite windy and gusty, and the greens are starting to get firm.”
Viljoen’s nine birdies held at bay a group of four golfers, as he pulled two shots clear in the opening round.
The eighth, ninth and 10th holes at ERPM Golf Club will be key to the outcome of the event, according to one of the Sunshine Tour’s most experienced campaigners
While the uncertainty over travel restrictions – international travel will only resume on 1 October – obviously played a big role in the decision to cancel the event this year, it also just made business sense because crowds would not have been allowed to attend.
Oosthuizen will be smiling all the way to the bank, but veteran Els, rookie Higgo and ladies star Buhai also bagged plenty of cash after thrilling performances over the weekend
New dad McIlroy and veteran Westwood not far off the pace, but Johnson and Woods have work to do to get back into contention at brutal Winged Foot
In total, there are seven South Africans in the field this week, including Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner, JC Ritchie, who’ll be on debut alongside Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Shaun Norris
“When you get (to be) 47 like I am, you just don’t really know if you’re ever going to be able to close the door on another one.”
George Coetzee produced a superb final round in Pretoria, earning his 11th Sunshine Tour victory.
Daniel van Tonder secured a convincing victory at Glendower Golf Club on Friday.