Bujela eyes PGA Championship win
Sunshine Tour pro golfer Sipho Bujela says he is confident about winning the Eye of Africa PGA Championship starting next Thursday because he has regained his form.
The tournament tees off at the Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate in the south of Johannesburg. It has a total prize sponsorship of R1.2 million and replaces the Telkom PGA Championship that was not staged last year after the telecommunications giant pulled out.
The 26-year-old Bujela, who won the PGA Soweto Championship at the Soweto Country Club in September by five shots, says he had been battling with his swing since the year started.
“I have been struggling to find my rhythm on the golf course since the beginning of this year. My poor swing has been bothering me,” said Bujela. “I’ve fixed my game and I’m ready to win the trophy.”
The Pimville player said he regained his confidence by working on improving his short game.
Bujela finished third at the Vusi Ngubeni Qualifying School at the Modderfontein Golf Club in December. That was his last notable performance. He finished 18th at the SA Open qualifiers in Kempton Park on January 5. He missed the cut at the Joburg Open on January 14, as well as at the Tshwane Open qualifiers last Tuesday.
He said competition would be stiff at the tournament, with many top local players competing.
“I’ve been practising my putting, and using my home course, the Soweto Country Club, to perfect my long-iron shots. I feel great.”
Other tour players expected to shine during the event include South Africans Teboho Sefatsa and Omar Sandys, as well as Englishman Neil Cheetham.
Sunshine Tour communications and marketing director Duncan Cruikshank said the winner would receive R180 000. “The amount will increase as time goes,” he said.
Meanwhile, the PGA of SA will stage a five-day World Club ProAm tournament featuring international professionals and amateurs competing in KwaZulu-Natal from Saturday.
The event will offer a unique golf extravaganza across four championship courses – the Durban Country Club, Zimbali Country Club, Prince Grant Golf Estate and Cotswold Downs Golf Estate.
Tekom Business PGA Championship
2014: Titch Moore (SA, 273, -15)
Telkom PGA Championship
2013: Jaco van Zyl (SA, 268, -20) 2012: Keith Horne (SA, 269, -19) 2011: George Coetzee (SA, 261, -27) 2010: Michiel Bothma (SA, 268, -20) 2009: Jaco van Zyl (SA, 270, -18) 2008: Louis Oosthuizen (SA, 260, -28) 2007: Louis Oosthuizen (SA, 266, - 22) 2006: Grégory Bourdy (France, 267, -21) 2005: Warren Abery (SA, 273, -15) 2004: Warrick Druian (SA, 267, -21)