CAPE TOWN OPEN
Jacques Kruyswijk’s patience pays off
The Pretoria player secures tense final four holes to win the Lion of Africa Open
Jacques Kruyswijk survived a tense final four holes with playing partner Justin Harding to win the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open at Royal Cape by two strokes on Sunday and claim his maiden title on the Sunshine Tour.
The Pretoria resident carded a final-round two-under 70 for an overall total of 17-under-par 271. Defending champion Brandon Stone shared second place with local hope Harding, while Zander Lombard, Mark Williams and Andre de Decker were deadlocked in fourth place three shots off the pace.
Kruyswijk pocketed R237,750 to take his career earnings since turning pro in 2013 to just more than R1.3m.
"Patience over the four days won me the title," said Kruyswijk. "I’ve been working with a psychologist to help me become a calmer person; in the past I had no patience and that is something you need in bucket loads if you want to make a career out of golf. Now I take things for what they are and playing-wise my game has come on in leaps and bounds to a point where I feel I can go out and challenge for titles."
Kruyswijk began his campaign on Thursday with a fine five-under 67, leaving him four strokes off the pace set by Michael Palmer, who blitzed his way around the par-72 layout in 63, one shy of the course record. He then went one better next time round to open up a four-shot lead over the chasing pack at the halfway stage. "My best round of the year for sure," Kruyswijk said of his effort.
Round three was another sub-70 effort (68) into a fierce south-easter which played havoc on the field and left many a reputation in tatters, but Kruyswijk thrived.
His victory means a two-year exemption on the Sunshine Tour. "That’s a big reward, one that opens doors for me in that I don’t have to worry about pre-qualifying for the big tournaments, " he said.