The Bulls flyhalf speaks about his favourite courses, his favourite club and why Jonny Wilkinson would be in his dream fourball, writes ANDRE HUISAMEN in the March issue of Compleat Golfer.
Do a lot of the Bulls players play golf on the side?
We have a big group of players who enjoy their golf at the Bulls. It’s one of the more popular things to do on a day off. There are always a few fourballs going around!
How long have you been playing golf?
For as long as I can remember. I had a little Tiger set to start with, which had about four clubs in the bag. I also fondly remember sitting on my dad’s lap as a little boy and driving the caddie cart around. From the start It has always been a sport I have really enjoyed.
Name your top three courses in the country.
I would say Steyn City and Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate in Johannesburg, and Steenberg in Cape Town. They’re all stunning venues.
What’s your handicap?
I’m playing off an eight at the moment but I am trying to work it a bit lower.
What’s your dream course you would like to play one day?
Worldwide it’s a close call between Augusta National and St Andrews. But closer to home I’m desperate to have a round at Leopard Creek.
Who was your favourite golfer growing up?
It has to be Tiger Woods. He revolutionised golf and still continues to show what he is capable of. His win at the 2018 Masters was one of sport’s greatest comebacks.
What is your favourite club in your bag?
I have a sand-wedge which I’ve had since I was 13 years old. It’s definitely my favourite club and even though it might look a bit out of place, it has a bit of sentimental value.
Do you watch a lot of golf on TV?
I’m not the biggest watcher of TV but I do enjoy catching the final round of one of the Majors or Sunday’s singles at the Ryder Cup.
If you could pick the perfect fourball, who would it include?
Jonny Wilkinson, Tiger Woods, my younger brother Daniel and me. Wilkinson was my favourite rugby player growing up as a youngster. I loved his work ethic and he was obsessed with perfecting his craft as a rugby player. I loved his mindset.
Have you noticed any resemblance between golf and rugby?
I would say there is a bit of a resemblance between striking a golf ball and kicking a rugby ball. A smooth, easy action with a good strike is a lot more effective than trying to force and hit/kick it further. Timing is everything.