De Jonge on verge of first win

CONNECTICUT - The tournaments following Majors always appear a little unbuttoned, even more so, I presume, for the players, and maybe and hopefully the slightly relaxed vibe that’ll be present in the Travelers Championship is exactly what Brendon de Jonge needs to finally put four rounds together and clinch his first PGA Tour win.In eight of the Zimbabwean’s last 10 events, he finished no worse than in a tie for 37th, the best result coming in the Wells Fargo Championship, in which he finished in a tie for sixth despite opening his tournament with an 80.

It’s clear that the 80 effectively killed any chance of his winning the title.

But this wasn’t a once-off; de Jonge tends to fire at least one fiendish round every tournament.

Only last week, Kaymer was close to sweating (or maybe not) when de Jonge reached four under par early in the third round of the US Open, but a bad back nine and an even worse final round kicked him into a tie for 28th.

In terms of statistics, Brendon de Jonge doesn’t look like a winner. He does top one (it seems rather insignificant) PGA Tour stat: spin rate (3 244.2 rpm), and he is rather good with the driver (35th in total driving) and at making birdies (22nd in total birdies), but otherwise de Jonge’s stats appear as ordinary as his swing.

And yet he must be doing something right, because he somehow manages to compete week in, week out.

I think it’s his ability to do a lot of things reasonably well.

But I also think it’s clear that his ability to restrain bad rounds (which charge players out of nowhere, no matter who they are) is not up to scratch, and that if he wants to lift a million-dollar trophy, it’s something he is going to have to improve at.

Maybe this is the week. Five other Southern Africans will join de Jonge at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut: Trevor Immelman, Tim Clark, Retief Goosen, Louis Oosthuizen and Tyrone van Aswegen. - Compleat Golfer

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