Kruger wants momentum in Hong Kong
An opening round of four-under-par 66 at the UBS Hong Kong Open sees Jbe’ Kruger in third position; settling himself among the early leading pack, as the 2017 Race to Dubai picks up speed.
Starting his round on the 10th tee, Kruger made birdie on 13, bogeyed the par-four 14th, and made up for it on the following hole with another birdie. He then made three birdies on the homeward nine to sign for 66. “I didn’t play all too well today. I managed to make a few birdies where it mattered most,” he said of his round.
Kruger is looking to bounce back – having played to a decent 10th spot finish at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open presented by Sun International and the somewhat indifferent Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek where he secured a shared 32nd finish – and a good finish at Fanling will add a boost to his confidence.
“Last week I did not make enough putts to get going. I’ve been playing well but not scoring enough,” he said of his game. He is confident though after round one in Hong Kong. “I have always played well here. I create many opportunities for a good score,” he said.
While playing both the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour is a challenging prospect, Kruger will be happy with his opening round at UBS Hong Kong Open because it sets him up for test of character; whether he can improve from last season’s performances where he racked up three top-10 finishes on the Sunshine Tour and win something.