Erik Van Rooyen, feat for terminally ill friend



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Erik Van Rooyen, feat for terminally ill friend
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a victory to dedicate to his lifelong friend, best man, "who has six to ten weeks left to live at most". Tears of joy and pain for Erik Van Rooyen. The South African golfer won the World Wide Technology Championship in Mexico, marking his second career success on the PGA Tour.

In Los Cabos he won with a total of 261 (68 64 66 63, -27), taking two shots off the American Matt Kuchar and Colombian Camilo Villegas, both 2nd with 263 (-25) in an event played on the El Cardonal at Diamante course (par 72), designed by Tiger Woods.

Emotionally overwhelmed, Van Rooyen dedicated the success to his friend Jon Trasamar who he first met at the age of 19, when he moved from South Africa to the United States to attend college. Upon his arrival, Trasamar waited for him at the airport, to welcome to Minnesota the man who would become not only his roommate, but his best friend and best man.

Erik Van Rooyen, statements

"On Tuesday he sent me a message, he has six to ten weeks to live. He is suffering from terminal cancer," Van Rooyen tearfully announced. "I told him that I love him immensely, the only thing I want to do now is meet him, be with him," he added.

He left Mexico with 1,476,000 dollars, an invitation to play the Masters in 2024, a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour. Inconsolable, Van Rooyen will now fly to Minnesota to hug his friend for the last time Always. Mexico is a country between the United States and Central America known for its beaches overlooking the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as its varied landscape, which includes mountains, deserts and jungles.

Throughout the nation there are ancient ruins such as those of Teotihuacán or the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá, and towns from the Spanish colonial era. Modern life in Mexico City, the capital, is characterized by exclusive shops, prestigious museums and gourmet restaurants.