3rd December 2015 | IGT Challenge Tour
Prinsloo and Cayeux celebrate Race to Q-School success
TSHWANE, 2 December 2015 – Zimbabwe’s Marc Cayeux lived through a rollercoaster of emotions to celebrate a top 35 finish in his first pro start since 2010, while Tshwane golfer Jaco Prinsloo enjoyed a satisfying homecoming in the IGT Tour’s final Race to Q-School, presented by the Pro Squad Academy, at Centurion Country Club on Wednesday.
Prinsloo drained a six-foot pressure putt for birdie at the final hole for a four-under-par 68 and a one stroke victory on 12 under 204 over Eddie Taylor.
The win was especially sweet for the 26-year-old KwaZulu-Natal native, who entered the last IGT Tour event on the back of a successful Sunshine Tour season.
“I couldn’t manage it first time around, but this year I did it; I kept my card,” said Prinsloo.
“When I heard the IGT Tour was playing the last Race to Q-School tournament in my back yard, I just had to play to see if I could finish the season with a last hoorah.”
Prinsloo started the final round with a three shot deficit. He reversed a bogey at 11 with a birdie at 15 and put himself in contention with back-to-back birdies around the turn.
“One thing I’ve learned over the last year on the Sunshine Tour is patience,” the GFG Academy player said.
“On the Sunshine Tour, you are constantly under pressure to make the cut. You have to keep a cool head and keep grinding. When you come back to the IGT Tour, the pressure is all about winning because you’ve already reached the big stage. Both are good, though, because it adds to your growth as a player.
“Now I definitely deserve a little break before I start prepping for the SA Open qualifier.”
Taylor had to settle for second after coming up short with a 68, while Matthew Spacey and Pieter Kruger shared third on 10 under after respective rounds of 68 and 72.
Overnight leader Juan Swart slipped to fifth on eight under after closing with a 75.
Cayeux was at the top of his game when he was severely injured in a horrific car crash. The accident virtually ended his career, but five years and 27 surgeries later, Cayeux was ready to try again.
The nine-time Sunshine Tour champion admitted he was a ball of nerves before the start of the tournament and that he felt incredibly emotional in the first round.
He opened with a 76 to tie for 59th, added a 70 to climb to joint 37th and closed out with a 73 to claim a share of 33rd in the final round.
“I’m not in the money, but it’s not too shabby for a first try,” he joked.
“Man, that was hard. It was frightening and fun and fantastic all rolled into one. I kept thinking back about my years on the Tour and then the last five years and everything that has happened in the first round and I felt really emotional.
“I couldn’t help but worry about failing, but the guys were incredibly supportive. When I got through the first 18 holes, my next goal was to make the cut and then to finish the tournament.
“One part of me is relieved that it’s done and the other half just wants to do it all over again. I’ll know I’m ready when I start beating these guys. I can’t wait for the next one.”