29th November 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
Cheerful Cayeux targets comeback on IGT Tour
TSHWANE, 29 November 2015 – It is finally happening and Marc Cayeux from Zimbabwe is counting the hours to his first competitive round since a horrific car accident derailed his once promising career in 2010.
Having suffered through 27 operations, thousands of hours in physiotherapy and the painful and frustrating climb back over the last five years, the nine-time Sunshine Tour champion is eager to make his long-awaited competitive comeback in the IGT Tour’s season finale on Monday.
Cayeux will start the first round of the final Race to Q-School, presented by Pro Squad Academy, at 10h12 at Centurion Country Club on Monday.
The Titleist bag is already standing guard at the front door – clubs polished and shoes shined.
“Everything is ready to go, but whether I will sleep a wink tonight is another matter,” Cayeux said.
“I never expected to get so emotional when I saw my name on the draw. I hope to make my return in the SA Open, but there is such a vast difference playing social rounds and competitive golf and I don’t know how I will do.
“I am really grateful to the Sunshine Tour that they released me to play the IGT Tour this week. It’s a great Tour to get back into a competitive mind set and to see if I can walk the full 54 holes under time pressure.
“I’ve gone to watch some of their tournaments and I knew I will be tested. Now that it’s finally happening, the moment is huge.”
Cayeux’s career died a premature death in a head-on collision while he was travelling alone from the Beit Bridge border post along the Masvingo-Chivhu road.
“I crashed head-on with a police truck when the commander of Manyame District swerved out for a cow and drove straight into me,” Cayeux explained.
“He died at the scene and I was airlifted to the NetCare Millpark Hospital. The doctors told me that my golf career was definitely over, but I never doubted this moment would come.
“I knew I would have to undergo countless surgeries and that the rehabilitation would probably push me over the edge. But I had a goal and I had faith that God would give me the strength to get there.
“I had bad days when the frustration almost got too much, but the support of my wife Jana, my boys, my family and friends carried me through those dark days.”
Cayeux’s trophy haul include two Zambia Open titles, a Botswana Open and the Swaziland Open in 1999, where he edged out countryman Mark McNulty to triumph by three strokes.
In 2005, he shot a final round 61 with a back nine of 29 strokes to add the Vodacom Tour Championship title to his successes at the Pietersburg Classic, Bearing Man Highveld Classic, Limpopo Classic and Nashua Masters successes.
The chance to test his game on the country’s premier development Tour gives Cayeux the opportunity to lay the groundwork for his return to the Sunshine Tour.
“The next three days at Centurion is the start of the journey back,” he said. “I don’t know how long it will take me to get back to winning form or if I will ever win again, but nothing is going to stop me from trying. I am really excited to get that first tee shot off.”
PHOTO – Marc Cayeux; credit Luke Walker/Sunshine Tour/Gallo Images.