ZIMBABWEAN professional golfer Ryan Cairns, who has been sidelined with a wrist injury since July, is confident he will bounce back from the setback stronger.
A regular feature on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa before the injury, Cairns’ last appearance on southern Africa’s premier professional tour came at the Zambia Sugar Open held at Lusaka Golf Club in June.
In an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday, Cairns said rehabilitation had been progressing well and he was confident he would return from the lengthy injury stronger.
“I’ve been doing physical rehab and strengthening in order to avoid surgery and it’s been helping. I’m now able to hit tee shots, chip and putt. Iron shots still hurt but hoping to be back in full flow and stronger than ever in the next 4-6 weeks. I’m confident I’ll be back better and stronger,” he said.
Cairns, who managed his breakthrough win at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Simola tournament in 2012, was the highest-placed local golfer on the 2013 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit standings after finishing a creditable 44th.
Despite the lengthy injury layoff this season, Cairns, who played on the Canadian Tour in 2008, is still the highest-placed local golfer on this year’s Sunshine Tour Order of Merit standings on position 54.