Fiery Otto back from in­jury

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

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.

PHOTO: LUKE WALKER GALLO IM­AGES / SUN­SHINE TOUR /

EMO­TIONAL Hen­nie Otto is back in ac­tion af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a back in­jury

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