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.