Jacques Kruyswijk, first success on Challenge


Jacques Kruyswijk, first success on Challenge
Jacques Kruyswijk, first success on Challenge © Getty Images Sport - Oliver Hardt / Stringer

First success on the Challenge Tour of the South African Jacques Kruyswijk who won with 192 (64 65 63, -9) the Dormy Open held in Sweden where the blue Aron Zemmer offered a good performance finishing 6th with 195 (65 64 66, - 6).

Jacques Kruyswijk, results

On the course of the Askersunds Golfklubb (par 67) in Åmmeberg the competition was reduced from 72 to 54 holes due to bad weather. The 30-year-old from Pretoria preceded by two shots the Spanish Ivan Cantero Gutierrez, the French Ugo Coussaud, the German Anton Albers and the Irish Conor Purcell, second with 194 (-7) Zemmer, who had started in 24th place, thanks to a second round in 64 (-3) had recovered 20 positions reaching 4th.

In the third round, the blue had become the leader with a one-shot lead over his opponents until the suspension (arrived at the 14th hole). At the restart, two bogeys (at 15 and 16) took him to 6th place. However, after the two victories last season at the National Open Championship and at the MENA Tour Tournament 4, the third top ten of the season has arrived.

Good performance also by Andrea Pavan, 13th with 196 (-5) who collected precious points for the Road To Mallorca (order of merit of the circuit). Of the other blues in the prize race also Gregorio De Leo and Francesco La Porta, 29th with 198 (-3) and Lorenzo Gagli, 41st with 199 (-2).

Jacques Kruyswijk turned pro in 2013 after finishing 7th in the Q-School of the Sunshine Tour 2013. In his first pro season he achieved his first win very early in The Els Club, an event on the Big Easy Tour. The young from Pretoria played mainly on the Sunshine Tour, where he achieved three successes (Lion of Africa Cape Town Open 2016, Sunshine Tour Invitational, 2021 and Vodacom Origins of Golf last August 13th).

The other Italians in the race did not pass the cut: Stefano Mazzoli and Lorenzo Scalise, 73rd with 135 (+1), Jacopo Vecchi Fossa 86th with 136 (+2) and Filippo Celli 103rd with 137 (+3). The winner received a check for €40,000 out of a prize pool of €250,000.