Haydn is starting to fulfil his promise as a big-time player.
guys that have won 15 times out here you have to think smarter. If I’m in 10th place, I’m still trying to make birdies and move up the leaderboard, but I’m now wary of throwing it away too. Two bogeys over the closing holes can see you finish 30th, which is a huge difference in prizemoney. It’s hard not to think about the money – this is my livelihood now.
ON MAKING EAGLE IN A PLAYOFF FOR HIS FIRST PRO WIN
I trailed my amateur rival Brandon Stone by one through 54 holes at the Kenya Open on the European Challenge Tour and it really helped that we were paired together in the final round.The lead changed hands several times and we pulled each other along, each making six birdies to eventually tie on 17-under.The first playoff hole (the 12th at Karen CC in Nairobi) is a short par four and I hit a 3-wood from the tee to seven feet, converted the eagle putt and had my debut victory. It’s not ideal to beat one of your compatriots outside of South Africa, but someone had to finish second.
ON TAKING ADVANTAGE OF LIMITED PLAYING PRIVILEGES
EI missed the cut after 72 holes at the 2014 European Tour Q School (there are six rounds), but still received an exemption category for some starts on the Challenge Tour in 2015.The Kenya Open was the second event so I was suddenly exempt for the whole season after the win.With six events to go (at September 1) I’m 10th on the
CAREER Order of Merit.The top 15 after the Grand Final in November earn European Tour cards.
ON TRAVELLING THE WORLD ON A WEAK RAND
A five-week trip on the