Dylan Frittelli is excited about making a much-anticipated appearance at this week’s South African Open, which tees off on Thursday.
Frittelli is coming off the back of a remarkable showing at last month’s Masters, where he finished in fifth place – his highest ever at a Major.
The 30-year-old is now eager to add his name to the historic list of winners in the second-oldest national championship in the world, with the famous Gary Player Country Club the venue for this edition.
‘I’ve won on the European Tour and on the PGA Tour, and if I don’t win the South African Open, it’s definitely going to be something that I’ll feel like I haven’t accomplished in my career,’ he said on Tuesday.
Frittelli believes the SA Open is one of the top competitions in the world and has a big sense of longing to succeed this week.
‘The South African Open is the one I want to win. I used to watch the South African Open as a kid and I remember a bunch of them. I definitely remember the duel between Ernie Els and Retief Goosen at Fancourt in 2005.
‘When I knew it was coming here to Sun City, I thought that was good for me because I’ve done well here in a few Nedbank Golf Challenges. This is also a ball striker’s course which seems to favour me. So I’m really excited,’ the South African added.
He will be joined by the likes of Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who will be riding high on confidence after his victory at Leopard Creek over the week, Compleat Golfer playing editor and former SA Open champion Brandon Stone, as well as young star Jayden Schaper.
Frittelli admits he is also fairly confident with his game at the moment and excited to tackle the famous course.
‘The course looks really good, and the heat’s going to be a factor this week, for sure. My game is feeling good. I got rid of the jetlag last week. I’m healthy and feeling fresh, so I’m really looking forward to this week.’