• Blaauw hopes to bounce back in Swaziland

    Blaauw hopes to bounce back in Swaziland
    PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 13: Jacques Blaauw during day 3 of the 2016 Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club on February 13, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. EDITOR'S NOTE: For free editorial use. Not available for sale. No commercial usage. (Photo by Petri Oeschger/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images)

    South Africa’s Jacques Blaauw is back on the Sunshine Tour this week at the Royal Swazi Open. The world number 316 is hoping that an excursion on the second tier Challenge Tour in Europe has not negated the form he showed earlier in the year with top-10 finishes in the Joburg Open as well as the Eye of Africa PGA Championship.

    Although Blaauw recorded an admirable tie-fifth result at the Egyptian Challenge on the Challenge Tour, the concern is that his first excursion last week into Europe ended in a missed cut in Spain at the Challenge de Madrid.

    Blaauw will be hoping that a good record in Swaziland will help him get back on track this week, having been runner-up back in 2014. With the Swazi Open being one of the very few worldwide tournaments run on the modified stableford point system, familiarity with the course will be key as this could be the determining factor for a golfer chasing points come the final round.

    The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open begins next week and Blaauw already in the field, he will hope that he can find some form again at the Royal Swazi Spa Country Club ahead of another big-money, co-sanctioned event with the European Tour. As one of the highest-placed players on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit this season that’s playing fairly consistently on the tour, he will also hope to make inroads if possible.

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