Fiery Otto back from injury
Three-time European Tour winner Hennie Otto has fully recovered from a back injury and is ready to conquer the fairways again.
The 38-year-old told City Press – from Mauritius, where he is based as a global ambassador of financial conglomerate AfrAsia Bank – that he had recovered fully from his health setback.
“I’ve missed eight big events as a result of my injury.
“I’m happy that my back has healed completely, thanks to my Mauritian doctors, who have been treating me. I’m fit to be on the winning trail once again,” said Otto.
The Boksburg-born golfer last won on the international stage when he captured the Italian Open by -20 for 268 at the Turin Golf Cub in August last year.
Otto has been struggling for a return to his winning formula because of his setback.
“My swing has been troubling me a lot as a result of the back problem and I’m happy now that I’ve been given a clean bill of health. I’m ready to win big things again.”
Otto said he was ready to give it his best shot in the co-sanctioned Sunshine European tour events that start off the summer season in Mzansi in December.
The first event on the calendar is the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City from December 4-7.
“I’ve been practising for the competition by working on my bunker and fairway shots,” he said.
Otto is known more for his fiery temper and antics on the golf course than for his successful career, which includes 14 professional wins.
“I’m trying to control my temper on the field, but I sometimes find it difficult to do so. I guess this happens to many golfers who believe in perfection.”
Otto has been playing in Europe since 2000 and won 12 titles on the Sunshine Tour. Among his notable achievements in Mzansi was the SA Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club, Johannesburg, in 2011. This event was held under the banner of both tours.
His Italian Open victory was his second in the space of six years since he snatched the trophy at Castello di Tolcinasco Golf Course by -25 for 263 in 2008.
But the going has been tough for him, and he failed to win anything for a year after suffering his injury.
EMOTIONAL Hennie Otto is back in action after recovering from a back injury