Dawie Van Der Walt
3

Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
5
4
4
5
4
3
4
5
39
5
5
3
5
5
4
3
4
4
38
77
2
4
4
5
3
4
4
2
5
5
36
5
5
3
4
4
4
3
3
5
36
72
3
4
6
4
2
4
3
3
4
5
35
5
5
3
5
6
3
3
4
4
38
73
4
4
5
4
3
3
4
3
4
4
34
6
4
4
4
3
3
3
4
4
35
69
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
5
5
4
4
5
4
3
4
5
39
2
4
4
5
3
4
4
2
5
5
36
3
4
6
4
2
4
3
3
4
5
35
4
4
5
4
3
3
4
3
4
4
34
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
5
3
5
5
4
3
4
4
38
77
2
5
5
3
4
4
4
3
3
5
36
72
3
5
5
3
5
6
3
3
4
4
38
73
4
6
4
4
4
3
3
3
4
4
35
69
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
1
1
5
Birdies
0
4
3
3
10
24
Pars
13
10
11
12
46
15
Bogeys
5
4
4
2
15
2
Double Bogeys/+
0
0
0
0
0
18
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
32
31
31
26
30
5
Putts per GIR
2
1.85
1.83
1.6
1.82
7
Greens in regulation
55.56 %
72.22 %
66.67 %
55.56 %
62.5 %
23
Sand Saves
0/0
0/0
0/0
0/0
0/0

Born: 11 February 1983.

Turned pro: 2007.

Country: South Africa.

Special interests:Rugby, cricket.

Career highlights: Represented South Africa in the Eisenhower Trophy as an amateur. Four-time winner on the American mini tours.

2013 highlights: Claimed his maiden European Tour title when he won the Tshwane Open.

2013 Majors: The Masters - Did not play. The US Open - Did not play. The Open - Did not play. The PGA Championship - Did not play.

NGC record: Debut.

Story

Born in Paarl on the Western Cape, Dawie van der Walt made his big breakthrough when he won the European Tour co-sanctioned Tshwane Open earlier this year.

It was a major turning point in a career that saw him twice represent South Africa as an amateur in the Eisenhower Trophy in 2004 and 2006 and play college golf at Lamar University in America.

He turned professional in 2007 and spent most of his time on the mini tours of America, where he claimed four wins. The mini tours are an unglamorous side to professional golf, but Van Der Walt believes the experience was good for him.

"You pay your own entry fee there, so you play to win everytime because otherwise you make nothing. It makes you really hard as a competitor," he said.

Van Der Walt came close to a victory on the Web.com Tour in 2012 when he took second place in the Cox Classic.

But it was on the fairways of The Els Club, Copperleaf in March this year that Van Der Walt took his biggest step forward.

The big blonde golfer finished a fairytale week with a 67 and a total of 21 under par 267 to claim his first European Tour title with a two-stroke victory over Darren Fichardt.

The win earned him R2.7 million in prize money and a two-year exemption on the European Tour. It also secured his second place on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, and as such a place in the 30-man field for the 2013 Nedbank Golf Challenge.

But perhaps of more value than all of this was the belief that came with his victory. "You know, I'm 30 years old now, I've been a professional for six years without a win, and you start to doubt", said Van Der Walt. "You see all your friends winning and you wonder if it will ever be your turn. You start to wonder whether you have it in you. Now I know I do."