Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Amateur Scene -

awie van der Walt’s steady progress up the tour lad­der has reached a pin­na­cle with a PGA Tour card se­cure for the 2015-16 sea­son. Van der Walt fin­ished No 3 on the Web.com Tour money-list, where the top 25 are guar­an­teed cards each year.

The tall and burly 32-year-old from Paarl in the CapeWinelands won twice on theWeb.comTour this year, the first time in Chile at the be­gin­ning of the year, and then more re­cently in Mis­souri, where he was 23-un­der-par.Van der Walt spent five years on the sec­ondary tour, and af­ter three run­ner-up fin­ishes in pre­vi­ous years, he moved up to be­ing a win­ner in 2015. His earn­ings were just un­der $300 000.

He cer­tainly turned his game around com­pared

Dto 2014, when he was 81st on the Web.com Tour. For such a big man he is not par­tic­u­larly long off the tee (ranked 90th), but his strength lay in iron play. He led the tour in Greens in Reg­u­la­tion (76%), was fifth in scor­ing av­er­age (68.9), and fifth in birdie av­er­age (4.5).

Not that Van der Walt is a stranger to win­ning. He also has a Euro­pean Tour card, thanks to two vic­to­ries in co-sanc­tioned events here in South Africa,at the 2013Tsh­wane Open and 2014 Nel­son Man­dela Cham­pi­onship. Even with a Euro­pean Tour card, though, Van der Walt con­tin­ued to pur­sue his dream of play­ing on the PGA Tour. And that route was through the Web.com Tour. This year he only played three Euro­pean Tour events out­side South Africa.

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