PGA Tour card dream comes true for Van Aswe­gen

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TY­RONE van Aswe­gen is play­ing his first tour­na­ment in South Africa since gain­ing his PGA Tour card and is hop­ing to cel­e­brate fur­ther as he heads into the weekend of the Al­fred Dun­hill Cham­pi­onship just two strokes off the lead.

A 68 at a cool Leop­ard Creek yes­ter­day has put Van Aswe­gen at six un­der par and two be­hind de­fend­ing cham­pion Charl Schwartzel and Den­mark’s Morten Ørum Mad­sen, who share the lead on eight un­der par.

And the lead Van Aswe­gen is chas­ing this weekend forms part of the big­ger dream he’ll be chas­ing on the PGA Tour in 2014.

“Get­ting my PGA Tour card was such an un­be­liev­able feel­ing. Just to know that I have achieved that was one of the best mo­ments of my ca­reer,” Van Aswe­gen said.

Van Aswe­gen has spent the last few sea­sons on the Tour try­ing to qual­ify for the PGA Tour. This year

7.15 am: Rugby - HSBC Sevens World Se­ries - Dubai. 7 pm: Rugby - Wales v Aus­tralia

9.25 am: Cricket - South Africa v Pak­istan 3rd ODI

4.30 pm: Foot­ball - Pre­mier League - Cardiff City v Arse­nal. 7 pm: Foot­ball Ty­rone van Aswe­gen, play­ing in his first tour­na­ment in South Africa heads into the weekend of the Al­fred Dun­hill Cham­pi­onship just two strokes off the lead. PHOTO: GALLO IM­AGES he got it right when he made it through the Tour Fi­nals - Pre­mier League - New­cas­tle Utd v West Bromwich Al­bion

2.30 pm: Foot­ball - PSL - Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs. 7.30 pm: Foot­ball - PSL - Or­lando Pi­rates v Bloem­fontein Celtic

12.30 pm: Golf - Sun­shine Tour - Al­fred Dun­hill Cham­pi­onship Day 3

4.50 pm: Foot­ball - Pre- and claimed one of 25 cards on of­fer.

And sud­denly his world changed.

“Two weeks prior to that I was bid­ding for good prices on rental cars. Then I got my card and all of a sud­den I was given a fancy Mercedes-Benz as a cour­tesy car. The PGA Tour is a dif­fer­ent world in that sense. There are a few perks like the cour­tesy cars, and ev­ery­thing on the PGA Tour is just big­ger — bet­ter food, bet­ter locker-rooms and so on. It’s a big­ger stage.

“The cour­ses are not that dif­fer­ent to South Africa. It’s just about learn­ing th­ese new cour­ses now, whether they’re tougher or eas­ier you just need to learn those sub­tle changes.”

Van Aswe­gen de­cided to play at Leop­ard Creek as an op­por­tu­nity to take in his favourite tour­na­ment and work with his coach Robert Baker be­fore fly­ing out to Hawaii early in Jan­uary 2014 for the Sony Open.

“Keep­ing my PGA Tour card is my first goal. But who knows. It would be nice to get a win and play in a few Ma­jors.” — Su­perS­port. mier League - Ever­ton v Stoke City

4.20 pm: Rugby - Bar­bar-

ians v Fiji

12.30 pm: Golf - Sun­shine Tour - Al­fred Dun­hill Cham­pi­onship Day 4

1.30 pm: Foot­ball - Pre- mier League - Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur v Man Utd. 4 pm: Foot­ball - Pre­mier League - Hull City v Liver­pool. 6 pm: Foot­ball - Pre­mier League - Chelsea v Southamp­ton

3 pm: Foot­ball - PSL - Mamelodi Sun­downs v Moroka Swal­lows

6 pm: Foot­ball - Pre­mier League - Man City v Swansea City

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