THERE is a certain satisfaction in this age of communication by social media when you tweet that you need a low round to win a tournament – then you do it.
Jaco Ahlers got his tweet dream come true yesterday and took home the Investec Cup.
Like his other two victories on the Sunshine Tour, this one came in a playoff as he weathered the challenge of Jaco van Zyl to clinch victory at the third extra hole as both players struggled to keep their game intact under the pressure of competing for so much money.
With his victory, Ahlers went to the top of the Chase to the Investec Cup rankings and took home R3.5-million over and above his R163 400 tournament winnings – the winner’s share of the R10-million Bonus Pool.
It was his biggest payday as a professional, confirmation of a coming-of-age process that began when he won a four-hole playoff to take the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open in November.
“That win gave me a lot of confidence,” Ahlers said. “I had a decent season. I was trying so hard to win, it’s not even funny.
“And then, winning in Cape Town the way I did, and then getting into the Nedbank Golf Challenge – that was unreal.
“It gave me that kind of confidence. I felt I could even play well when I was not hitting the ball that well.
“That’s the confidence you want, and that’s what I got.”
He started the round like a house on fire.
He made three birdies and an eagle in the first seven holes. The eagle came on the fourth.
Things were not so easy further down the course, but he persevered.
“But the only thing that matters now is that I won.”
Van Zyl was the winner of the inaugural Chase to the Investec Cup in 2013, and he also won in a playoff.
Coetzee and Justin Harding shared third on eight-under in the tournament.