King George is realistic about Augusta

2014-03-23 14:00

With only three weeks left, ‘there is just no way’ he will be making the trip to the US Masters.

One of South Africa’s favourite golfing sons, George Coetzee, has admitted it will take a miracle for him to make the cut for the prestigious US Masters.

The first major of the year takes place at Augusta ­National Golf Club in Georgia from April 10 to 13.

Coetzee won his first European Tour title after snatching the Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club last month with a score of 66 to win by three strokes.

His victory earned him ­an automatic qualification for the British Open at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club to be played in England from July 17.

But it did not guarantee ­entry to the lucrative US event. For that, he needs to win either the Sunshine Tour Investec Cup that concludes today at the Lost City or climb into the Top 50 in the next three weeks.

The 27-year-old golfer from Garsfontein, Pretoria, is ranked 56th in the world. Besides campaigning at home, King George is confined to playing in Europe as he does not have a PGA Tour card yet.

He finished 14th in the Hassan II Golf Trophy at the Golf du Palais Royal Golf Club in Agadir, Morocco, last Sunday but he said how difficult it will be for him to make Augusta.

“With only three weeks left, there is just no way I can make the trip to the US Masters,” said Coetzee, who missed the cut for last year’s event.

“I spent the last couple of weeks in Europe and my form is down. It will require a miracle for me to win the Investec game on Sunday and qualify for Augusta.”

But although reaching the top-50 bracket seemed impossible given the time frame, he has not given up.

“I am a professional and have confidence in my game. Who knows, something positive might happen,” said Coetzee.

He was hoping to get his game in shape to qualify for another major, the US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina, which takes place in June. He is moving this week to the much talked-about Silver Lakes Golf Estate in Pretoria, in the news because Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius owns property there.

“I will be living there from next week. The place is well placed for me to fine-tune my golf,” he said.

Coetzee’s tough road to the Masters

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