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• Win­dow or aisle? Aisle on long

haul, win­dow on do­mes­tic. • First per­son to call in a jam? My

father, Hjal­mar. • Test match at Lord's or

Twick­en­ham? Twick­en­ham. • First car? Toy­ota Tazz. • Cur­rent car? Audi A4. • Favourite TV show? Game of

Thrones, CSI. • Low­est round? 62, over 15 times both in so­cial and tour­na­ment play. I just can’t shoot 61! • Su­per­sti­tions? I never use a

No 3 ball. • Best friends on tour? Justin Hard­ing, J J Senekal, Mer­rick Brem­ner, Jac­ques Blaauw, Vaughn Groe­newald. • Strong­est player men­tally on

tour? Vaughn Groe­newald. • Most nat­u­rally gifted on tour?

Jean Hugo. • Long­est hit­ters played with? Cameron Champ, Mer­rick Brem­ner, Dean Burmester. • First thing you bought af­ter first pay cheque as a pro? I took my brother’s fam­ily out for din­ner af­ter stay­ing with them for the week. • Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with, liv­ing or dead? Al­bert Ein­stein. • Which celebrity would sac­ri­fice to zom­bies? Def­i­nitely one, if not all, of the Kar­dashi­ans!


Titleist make spe­cial head cov­ers for each ma­jor. I re­ceived a set of red stars and stripes US Open cov­ers, and a Scotty Cameron put­ter cover with a cow and bell to recog­nise Wis­con­sin’s renowned dairy in­dus­try. I didn’t use them in the tour­na­ment, opt­ing to keep them as a me­mento in­stead. ON AL­MOST PACK­ING IT IN I’ve had a pretty con­sis­tent ca­reer, but for a two-year spell (2014-15) I bat­tled with my con­fi­dence. I played on the Euro Chal­lenge Tour, which is very ex­pen­sive if you’re not play­ing well. I se­ri­ously con­sid­ered giv­ing up last year, and even be­gan study­ing again. I have an ac­count­ing de­gree from the Univer­sity of Stel­len­bosch and am now study­ing for my CFA des­ig­na­tion (Char­tered Fi­nan­cial An­a­lyst). But it’s funny how this game works.The mo­ment golf was not the most im­por­tant thing in my life, my con­fi­dence re­turned and the bet­ter I played. I won again in Au­gust last year at the Sun City Chal­lenge.Then, this year I won two weeks be­fore and a week af­ter my wed­ding in May!


My wife Alra (pic­tured right) is a qual­i­fied PGA pro­fes­sional and has cad­died for me a few times on the Sun­shine Tour. It helps that she un­der­stands the de­mands of the game and can re­late to the mis­con­cep­tion from the public that pro­fes­sional golfers lead a glam­orous life­style.


I’ve been to the Euro Q School seven times – four times to Fi­nal Stage – and am yet to earn a card. I may try some­thing dif­fer­ent this year. I think the Web.com Tour in Amer­ica is call­ing. I pre­fer the cour­ses and weather state­side and feel con­fi­dent that I can com­pete there. ON BUILD­ING HIS BRAND I changed my Twit­ter han­dle to my ac­tual name be­fore the US Open. My pre­vi­ous han­dle was a play on words re­lat­ing to Oliver Twist @TwisT1010. But it makes no sense not to have your name in the han­dle, be­cause peo­ple don’t know who it is straight away. @ol­liebekker­golf is a much bet­ter fit.

Alra and Oliver Bekker at the SA Open at Glen­dower.

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