Casey Jarvis aims Challenge Tour Number 1



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Casey Jarvis aims Challenge Tour Number 1
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Casey Jarvis has demonstrated unyielding commitment to his word. As the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final, supported by The R&A, approaches, Jarvis feels confident that his game is in excellent shape. His desire to culminate this remarkable campaign by emerging victorious in the Road to Mallorca Rankings is steadfast.

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Making his debut at just 16 years old in the South African Open, a co-sanctioned event with the Sunshine Tour, Jarvis has climbed to third on the Rankings. His standout performance guarantees his graduation to the DP World Tour.

Having secured three second-place finishes earlier this year, Jarvis clinched his maiden Challenge Tour triumph at the Euram Bank Open, elevating him to the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings in July.

Subsequently overtaken by Spaniard Manuel Elvira and Ugo Coussaud, Jarvis remains resolute in his pursuit of becoming the first South African to secure the top spot in the season-long standings.

"My overarching goal for this year was to seize the Road to Mallorca Rankings and emerge as Challenge Tour Number One," he said.

"I was determined to uphold this objective throughout the season. As we approach the Grand Final, my game feels impeccable, and I remain optimistic about getting the job done this week."

At the tender age of 20, Jarvis stands as the youngest player in the 45-player field in Mallorca.

He is accompanied by four fellow South Africans, all vying for one of the 20 life-changing DP World Tour cards on offer.

Jarvis, the recipient of the Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year award for the 2022-23 season, acknowledges the assistance of his seasoned compatriots in steering him through his debut campaign on the Challenge Tour.

"This year, support from individuals such as JJ Senekal has been invaluable," he affirmed.

"I believe I couldn't have managed this alone. Given my youth and immaturity, I require individuals to look up to and receive recommendations from.

"The veteran players have been instrumental in assisting me this year, primarily during the challenging weeks that followed missed dates."

After a remarkable performance at the Joburg Open last November on the DP World Tour, Jarvis secured successive top-ten rankings in his homeland during the opening phase of the 2023 Challenge Tour season.

Jarvis regards this period as a turning point that allowed him to achieve the consistent performances that followed.

"In my view, golf is primarily about confidence", he remarked. "The start I had in South Africa boosted my morale and earned me several invitations to the Challenge Tour, which I duly accepted.

The Challenge Tour is extraordinary, and the prestige of golf is remarkable."

"Of course, early on, I was under stress given my non-existent status on the Challenge Tour. Consistently high-quality performances were essential, and eventually, it demonstrated that I could perform under stress."

The Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final's opening round will begin at 8:00 am local time, with Jarvis teeing off in the ultimate group alongside Elvira and Coussaud at 9:17 am.

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