Daniel van Tonder. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/SUNSHINE TOUR/CARL FOURIE
Daniel van Tonder. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/SUNSHINE TOUR/CARL FOURIE

Port Edward — Daniel van Tonder will look to continue his incredible form on the Sunshine Tour as he heads into Wednesday’s first round of the Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge on the back of three victories in his past four tournaments.

His chances of continuing this run look good given his second-place finish after an opening round of 62 in the 2016 Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge.

Van Tonder has been a revelation since the Sunshine Tour resumed with the Rise-Up Series.

The Johannesburg professional did not finish outside the top 10 in any of the five tournaments on the Rise-Up Series, and this included three victories.

He earned a total of R310,850 over those five tournaments, which is already just under half of what he earned in an entire season in his first year on the Sunshine Tour in 2012 when he was named Rookie of the Year.

A combination of a new diet of intermittent fasting and a rock-solid mental approach has been the key to Van Tonder’s success, and something he will want to capitalise on at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club this week.

It is a mindset he says takes him back to his days as SA’s top amateur in 2011.

“I just feel like there isn’t a shot on the golf course I can’t take on at the moment. I feel that wherever you put me on the course, I’ll find a way to hit the green. That’s how I used to play when I was an amateur, and especially in the year before I turned professional. I had that mindset,” said Van Tonder.

He tops the Sunshine Tour money list this season, and his nearest challenger could also be his greatest threat this week. Darren Fichardt is second on the money list and has an impressive record at the Wild Coast.

He won the 2009 Nashua Masters on this course as well as the 2011 Vodacom Origins of Golf. And he lost in a playoff against Vaughn Groenewald for the 2018 Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge after surging through the field with a final round of 62.

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