As we establish in 2022, Full golfer‘s playful editor lets you into his world and tells you what he planned.
It’s that time, my friends. Time to go back to work. As my good family friend Mark Wilshire puts it, ‘It’s time to turn the economy around, people.’ A new year always offers one thing – opportunity. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do this year.
This year’s main focus will be on securing my ticket for the 2023 DP World Tour. Once I achieve that, I hope to take my talents across the pond to the good old United States Korn ferry tour. As I do so, I also look forward to playing some of the newly formed co-sanctioned Sunshine Tour events.
So, let’s break down the whole year’s plan step by step.
Having been a full member of the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) for over six years, it definitely feels like my home away from home.
The tour has seen remarkable growth since I joined it. With the Rolex series and the new global name (DP World Tour) it seems that the air is the limit for players based outside the US.
The DP world tour will start in the traditional way by visiting the Middle East for the first few months. After that we return to the South African coast for the new tournaments at Pecanwood and Steyn City. These are two events that I am very excited about.
After that we go east to Asia and stop in Japan and China. Once May arrives, it is back to the regular happenings on the continent of Europe. This all means that we will be visiting many of the planet’s most beautiful countries in a few months.
I think it’s pretty clear that the DP World Tour will never compete with the PGA Tour. But for the first time, the big tours from around the world seem to be coming together to accommodate each other’s schedules. The first proof of this was that the Abu Dhabi Championship was moved back a week to cater for the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
This is great news for someone like me who hopes to one day play both Tours and travel the world. Of course, start with the prospect of a PGA Tour ticket via the Korn Ferry Tour.
Although the temptation to play full-time on the Korn Ferry Tour is strong, I still love the DP World Tour. Therefore, I will only go to the US once I have secured my card. It could be in June or maybe even February. Who knows?
With the top 25 players on the Korn Ferry Tour earning full playing rights on the PGA Tour, there is a huge opportunity to tackle the best in the world.
I admit I was a bit nervous about the Korn ferry tour. It’s the unknown. I’ve never played a tour in the US. College golf in that country is like a vacation compared to professional golf. Hopefully I can get comfortable pretty quickly and start waving the South African flag proudly.
Speaking of the South African flag, I still want to play at home. I like playing in South Africa, of course. Supporting the Sunshine Tour is something I have always been determined to do.
Thomas Abt and his team have done a sensational job in recent months to secure so many events that have been sanctioned by either the DP World Cup or the Challenge Tour. There is such an opportunity for the emerging in this country to break through to the world stage. Not long from now, almost 30 South Africans will be playing on a weekly basis on every tour around the world. You can mark my words!
One thing I hope to do better this year than 2021 is to manage my time with my family. The last few years have been very difficult in that regard, so time away from the game and being with the family will be very valuable.
Overall, I’m absolutely buzzing to get started this season. Traveling the world to play the game I love is a dream come true. Who knows, maybe 2022 will be the best year of my life so far. Let’s get it!
– This column first appeared in the February 2022 issue of Full golfer magazine. Sign in here!