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with the mid­dle. wife, Thandi. fan). num­bered 5-8. Danie van Ton­der. Haydn Por­te­ous. Ei­ther, I’m even okay for R1 500 back in 2006. A Guess watch he al­ways ap­pears so calm. My Manch­ester (I’m a Sun­downs Golf 3 GTI. Mercedes Benz C180. IsiBaya (chan­nel 161 on DStv).

61 at Royal Swazi Sun in 2014 Lom­bard In­sur­ance Clas­sic pre-qual­i­fy­ing. I only use Titleist balls

Siphiwe Siphayi, An­drew Ge­or­giou, Ge­orge Coet­zee. Ernie Els, Rory Sab­ba­tini. I’ve been rid­ing mo­tor­bikes since 2007 af­ter a friend in­tro­duced me to the bik­ing cul­ture. I orig­i­nally had a Suzuki GSXR1000, a su­per bike that I would dart around the Zwartkop rac­ing cir­cuit. But my dad re­minded me that I was a pro­fes­sional golfer and would kill my­self on that bike. Now I have a Suzuki Boule­vard 1800 which I ride on week­ends, some­times with the Har­ley David­son break­fast run – they don’t dis­crim­i­nate against non-Har­ley rid­ers. I named my bike ‘The Pu­n­isher’ af­ter the 1989 movie star­ring Dolph Lund­gren. I was a naughty boy at school. I just wanted to play golf, so I bunked quite a lot and was asked to leave a few schools. I was raised well, but went through a phase of not lis­ten­ing to teach­ers and was even dis­re­spect­ful to them. But you know what? Golf taught me to be a bet­ter per­son. The game has taught me so much about life and how to re­spect oth­ers. I don’t re­gret my past be­cause I have be­come a bet­ter per­son from my ex­pe­ri­ences. This may sound harsh, but I think the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in my cul­ture do not live to share. There have been some promis­ing young black play­ers emerg­ing from the am­a­teur ranks the last few years – Sipho Bu­jela and Muzi Nethun­zwi for starters – but with­out decent spon­sor­ship they can’t a ord to be out there for too long. It takes time to gain ex­pe­ri­ence as a tour­ing pro­fes­sional, and I fear young black tal­ent is los­ing out be­cause black-owned com­pa­nies won’t sup­port them. en­ter that are never go­ing to make it. At least they have been given an op­por­tu­nity, but let’s take that fur­ther. There are guys who have played ev­ery year the last 10 years – surely they can be em­ployed in the in­dus­try other than in a play­ing ca­reer? I’m think­ing: rules or tour­na­ment o cials, green­keep­ers, equip­ment tech­ni­cians – the list is long. I’ve been too harsh on my­self through­out my ca­reer, and have put too much pres­sure on my­self to per­form dur­ing tour­na­ments. My dad gave me some sim­ple ad­vice when I turned 30 in Fe­bru­ary: “En­joy your­self more, you’re play­ing golf, play like you do when we play to­gether at Sil­ver Lakes, or at least take a more re­laxed at­ti­tude.” I’m go­ing to go with that from now on. My wife Thandi is preg­nant with our rst child, which will also o er a new per­spec­tive on my life.

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