Wild Coast Sun Country Club plays at 5,807 metres from the tips, making it the shortest course on the Sunshine Tour’s schedule. The defence of the course comes from the coastal winds, which make it a tactical shot-makers’ course.
To stay patient in windy conditions takes experience and seven-time Sunshine Tour champion Ulrich van den Berg has spent 15 years on tour, making him a cool customer.
Added to that is his run of great form over the 2014 season. He currently ranks second in the Chase to the Investec Cup and 10th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
The Sunninghill resident is due a win in a season that contains two missed cuts in 14 starts. Van den Berg has made the top 10 eight times this year, but his most impressive run of form has come in the build-up to the Wild Waves Challenge. Van den Berg has finished in the top five in every one of his last five starts and will certainly head to the Wild Coast looking for silverware.
The 39-year-old’s most recent win came at the BMG Classic in October 2013. He’ll look for a first win of 2014 as a means to launch into the second half of the year.
Van den Berg first picked up a club at the age of eight and went on to turn professional in 1999. One year later he won for the first time at the Riviera Resort Classic and he has since claimed a further six titles and finished in the top 10 more than 70 times.
Wild Coast Sun Country Club is a tactical course that requires experience, patience and confidence. Right now Van den Berg is the player with heaps of all three.