Haydn is start­ing to ful­fil his prom­ise as a big-time player.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life - In­ter­viewed by Barry Havenga

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

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