BREAK­THROUGH PER­FORM­ERS

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Sunshine Tour -

There were maiden vic­to­ries for Haydn Por­te­ous, Chris­ti­aan Bezuiden­hout, Madal­itso Muthiya, Mark Wil­liams and Jacques Kruyswijk.

Por­te­ous, 22, in only his sec­ond sea­son on tour, won the Joburg Open in Jan­uary to clinch a Euro­pean Tour card, and two months later he claimed the win­ner-take-all (R250 000) In­vestec Cup at Mil­l­vale.

Bezuiden­hout, 22, a rookie, se­cured his tour card in his very first out­ing on tour, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the SA Open, and later in the year won the Sun Fish River Chal­lenge.

Muthiya, 33, be­came the first Zam­bian to win on the Sun­shine Tour, in the Vo­da­com Ori­gins event at the Wild Coast.

Wil­liams, 32, who won the Vo­da­com Ori­gins Tour Fi­nal at St Fran­cis Links, is a tri­umph in per­se­ver­ance. In his first eight sea­sons on tour, start­ing out as a lanky teenager, and spent mostly play­ing in pre-qual­i­fiers, he earned a to­tal of R125 000. He was never in the top 100 of the Order of Merit. But in the last six sea­sons, fi­nally as an ex­empt player, he has earned R2 mil­lion. Since fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in the 2012 Cape Town Open his ca­reer has taken off.

Kruyswijk, 24, in his fourth year on tour, a Lim­popo prod­uct, had four top-10 fin­ishes in 2016 lead­ing up to his sur­prise vic­tory in the Cape Town Open, which came against a strong field, and over 72 holes. He had 27 birdies at Royal Cape to fin­ish 17-un­der, and had the pres­sure of lead­ing through­out the week­end.

Mark Wil­liams. Haydn Por­te­ous. Jac­qugeoslfKtruoyus­r­wisi­jtks.

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