With the Sunshine Tour nearing its final events of the year, many players will be using the remaining tournaments as final preparations for the European Tour and Sunshine Tour co-sanctioned events of the 2017 season – starting with the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Golf Club in December – Sunshine Tour
Attracting major players every year, the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek marks the beginning of the Sunshine Tour and European Tour co-sanctioned summer events.
Speaking ahead the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Euphoria Estate and Hydro in Limpopo – where he is teeing off for the R700 000 purse – Jbe’ Kruger feels the few remaining events on the Sunshine Tour should do well to prepare players who will take part in the co-sanctioned events of the fast-approaching new season.
“You know the European Tour starts at the end of our season and the first event is at Leopard Creek. It’s amazing to have the first few events in South Africa, I think we have a little bit of home-ground advantage, especially because it starts at the end of our season,” he said.
Having recently secured a shared 15th position with Tommy Fleetwood and Graeme McDowell at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland a fortnight ago, Kruger is feeling bullish ahead of the trip to Malelane.
“I have played well the last couple of weeks and I think I will be able to compete too if the putter works. I think I’ve got a couple of weeks off after this week. Then, I go to Manila for a week; come back and play Cape Town and Leopard Creek, and then I’m going to Hong Kong,” he said of the VOG Euphoria event.
Not only is Kruger looking forward to a strong finish to lay foundations for a bright start to the new season, he also can’t wait to play at Leopard Creek. “I have played there before and I actually think it is a real gem outside of Johannesburg. It’s a proper golf course and I think will test everything. It’s an amazing place to play golf,” he said.
However, the 2013 SA Open Championship runner-up will have to focus on the game at hand at Euphoria if he is to boost his confidence and sharpen his game before the co-sanctioned events begin later.