10th February 2016 | IGT Challenge Tour

Haig boosts Boardman to new chapter

KyalamiDay3 (361)(PHOTO – Terence Boardman; credit CJ du Plooy)

JOHANNESBURG, 10 February 2016 – Terence Boardman fired a superb seven under 65 to defeat Anton Haig by one stroke on 12-under-par 204 in the Kyalami Challenge on Wednesday.

But as soon as Boardman collected his trophy for his maiden pro win the IGT Tour, he praised Haig for pulling out from under a blanket of guilt.

“It felt so weird to beat Anton when he inspired me to win,” said 27-year-old Glendower professional.

“He should that the way he spoke out about his drug addiction on Monday was a turning point for me. I also checked myself into rehab last year, because I needed help to kick my addiction, but I still struggled with the shame that I let things go that far. To hear a player of Anton’s calibre talk about his own struggles just helped me to get the monkey of my back.

“When I missed out on my card at the Sunshine Tour Q-School by just one shot, it would have been so easy to comfort myself with drugs, but I fought it with everything I had. It’s not easy to live a clean life; it’s a constant struggle to avoid temptations and triggers that sends you down the rabbit hole.

“I want a pro golf career, that’s why I did the time in rehab. But thanks Anton, I played with a freedom and confidence today that I haven’t felt in years.”

Boardman eagled the par five fourth and obliterated a lone bogey at seven with a run of four birdies after the turn.

“I wasn’t hitting the ball that well on the front nine, but suddenly I was on fire with my irons and my putter on the back nine,” he said.

“I hit it to 10 feet at 10 and made the birdie putt, and knocked a five-footer for birdie in at 11. At 12, I had a three-footer for birdie and at 13 I hit driver, six-iron and two-putted for another birdie.

“I burned the edge of the hole at 14 and made par, and parred the 15th after another near miss on the low side. I made a huge downhill putt from 35 feet for another birdie at 16 and knocked in a five-footer for birdie at the short hole to get to 12 under.

“Anton birdied 17 behind me, but I had a two shot cushion, so I just tried to stay positive and calm. I hit my tee shot down the middle of the fairway, but I hit my four-iron approach pin-high right of the green. I was just short of the hazard and the nerves set in a bit. I hit the chip a little too hard and it raced past the hole.”

After Boardman left his birdie putt four feet short, he boxed the tester for par and the victory.

“This week was the start of a new chapter for Anton, but today his courage inspired me to start my own new chapter,” Boardman said.

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