De Jonge seeks better fortunes

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Zimbabwe’s leading golfer Brendon de Jonge will play the first two rounds of the 2015 United States PGA Championship with Americans Ryan Kennedy and Kevin Chappell according to the draw released for the year’s final major which tees off today in Wisconsin.

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

U.S. Open - Round Two

The Harare-born golfer will get his campaign underway from the 10th tee at 1355 hours (Zimbabwe time) in what will be his first appearance in a major event this season.

De Jonge, who has dropped out of the top 100 on the official world golf rankings, will be hoping for better fortunes at the Whistling Straits’ links-style golf course to get his campaign back on track.
The burly Zimbabwean has been enduring a tough season on the PGA Tour with three missed cuts in his last seven tournaments which saw him missing out on the first three major championships of the year.

However, a good week at the US PGA Championship could suddenly turn around his fortunes and improve his chances of qualifying for the Presidents Cup scheduled for South Korea later this year.

De Jonge fared well at last year’s US PGA Championship after finishing in a tie for 40th on the final leaderboard on two-under-par 282 after carding rounds of 70 -70 -72-70.

In some of the star-studded parings for the first two rounds of the US PGA Championship, defending champion Rory McIlroy will play with Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson.

Former world number one Tiger Woods has Martin Kaymer and Keegan Bradley for company while rising prospects Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day are out together.

Meanwhile, Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) is calling on sponsors and participants to take part in the annual fundraising Golf Day, to ensure the survival of the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching
Unit (VFAPU), to be held on October 2 at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club.

Up to 144 players, making up 36 teams, will take part in VFAPU Golf Day, one of the most enjoyable and best organised events on the golf fundraising calendar, which will also include lunch, entertainment, prizes and a charity auction.

AAT chief executive Ross Kennedy said: “It is evident from the worldwide news coverage of Cecil the Lion that wildlife conservation and dealing with poaching remains critically important. It is a key aspect of our company’s philosophy and corporate social responsibility programme.

“Poaching comes in many forms and it is vital that resources are raised to ensure that the incredible work the Victoria Falls
Anti-Poaching Unit does, which has seen an increase in wildlife numbers in the Victoria Falls area, can continue,” Kennedy said.
“This includes giraffe, sable and zebra, all being seen back in and around the area between Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and the Zambezi National Park, and more and more guides are now using the national park for game drives for clients,” he said.

“We understand the pressure and demands in this economy,
but AAT covers the costs of the event, so every cent raised goes
directly to VFAPU, and we urge individuals and corporates to support the day by participating, contributing or donating in some way.”