DAWIE SET FOR PGA TOUR DEBUT
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.