De Jonge 18th at Humana Challenge

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ZIMBABWE’S leading professional golfer got his season back on track as he recovered from a slow start to finish in a tie for 18th position at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California on Sunday.

Daniel Nhakaniso

De Jonge circled six birdies for an impressive six-under-par 66 during the final round to finish the tournament at 19-under-par 269.

The 33 year old, who had carded 69-68-66 in the first three rounds was never in contention all week, but showed some flashes of brilliance on the back nine on Sunday to net a cool $74,328.00 for his efforts.

Of the six birdies on his card, the final four came in succession from the par-five 14th through to the 17th.

South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini was the only other African player who made the cut as he finished in a tie for 38th on -15.

Zim golfers eye Sunshine Tour cards Zimbabwean golfers face a tough task in their bid to play on Africa’s most prestigious golf tour when they tee off this morning at the 2014 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

The quartet of Greg Bentley, Bradley and Grant Hudson and Sheldon Steyn will attempt to earn playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour after entering the 2014 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School.

Steyn, a protégée of the prestigious Gary Player School of Champions run by South African golf legend Gary Player, said he had high expectations of doing well in Bloemfontein.

“I’ve got a good caddie on the bag this week which always helps in big events. I have been swinging the club well and just need to get that belief that I can do it and of course I am expecting to get my card this week, but we can only find that out at the end. As we say in golf it’s like getting married, you never know what’s going to happen in the end so we will see. H hopefully I can fly the Zimbabwe flag high,” said Steyn.

The gruelling 90-hole tournament which has a huge field of 258 players will be played at Schoeman Park Golf Club and runs until Saturday.

The leading 30 players and ties after the conclusion of the tournament will be eligible for membership of the Sunshine Tour for the 2014 season.

The Zimbabwean quartet will be hoping to finally earn their tour cards this year and the playing privileges which come with it after an unsuccessful attempt last year.