Christiaan Bezuidenhout is optimistic about his chances of victory ahead of the 2020 SA Open at the Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, which gets under way early on Thursday morning, writes ANDRE HUISAMEN.
Coming off the back of a very successful 2019 on the European Tour, Bezuidenhout, who finished second in the competition back in 2016, is hoping a good performance this week could be the start of bigger things to come this year.
‘I’m looking forward to seeing if I can’t go one better this year. I know this course and hopefully I can start the year in a good fashion,’ said the 25-year-old, who took some time away from the game over the holiday period.
But Bezuidenhout believes it is very much possible for him to top the successes he achieved last year, claiming his first victory on the European Tour when he won the Andalucia Masters in Spain, in only his second season on the circuit.
‘I always set my goals out for the year and to follow up a year like the one I had is always going to be tough, but it’s definitely doable. I’m just going to stick to all the things that I’ve been doing the last couple of years because it’s paid off.’
Bezuidenhout is also encouraged by how competitive the SA Open has become for local players to showcase their talent, and believes defending champion Louis Oosthuizen will be a tough man to beat again.
‘It’s great to see all the South African guys out here supporting the SA Open. It’s been a while since we’ve had a strong South African group here. Just missing Ernie Els this year but I’m sure Louis [Oosthuizen] is going to do a great job. I played with Louis over the holidays and we had a good laugh,’ said Bezuidenhout.