ZIMBABWEAN golfer, Nyasha Mauchaza will make his first start on the money-spinning PGA Tour in six years after qualifying for this week’s $4,2 million Sanderson Farms Championship, which tees off today in Jackson, Mississippi in the United States.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
The 29-year-old rising star shot a six-under-par 65 in Monday’s qualifier at Deerfield Golf Club in Canton, Mississippi, to finish second in the field of hopefuls and qualify for the Sanderson Farms Championship at Country Club of Jackson.
He was one of the three players who automatically qualified for the tournament proper together with Americans, Grady Brame Jnr (64) and David Skinns (66), while Scott Strohmeyer (67) also earned himself a ticket after surviving a four-for-one play-off.
Mauchaza, who graduated from Towson University in 2011, will be making his second appearance on the PGA Tour since qualifying for the 2011 Wyndham Championship.
While he missed the cut on his US PGA Tour bow six years ago after carding rounds of 75 and 72, he will be confident of making a bigger impact this time around, as he looks to lift the country’s flag high on the big stage.
The former St George’s College student has been playing some of the best golf of his professional career in recent weeks, setting himself up nicely for this week’s big test.
A fortnight ago, Mauchaza advanced to the second stage of the qualifying school for the Web.com Tour, which is the main developmental tour for the US PGA Tour.
The Zimbabwean golfer recently clinched arguably the biggest win of his professional golf career thus far after winning the 84th Iowa Open on August 27 before finishing in a tie for second position at the New Mexico Open.
Mauchaza credited his recent purple patch to some valuable tournament tips he has been receiving from his compatriot, the former world number one-ranked golfer and three-time major champion, Nick Price.
“I would credit the good form to my improved swing technique my coach, Dana Dahllquist and tournament tips I have been receiving from Price and some tweaks to my putting.
“Having someone like Nick Price helping me with some tournament tips has definitely given me a massive boost, as I consider him as a role model,” Mauchaza said.