Haig gets confidence boost ahead of Queen's Cup challenge

Sun 09 Jun 2013

Haig gets confidence boost ahead of Queen's Cup challenge

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June 9: South Africa’s Anton Haig will head into next week’s US$300,000 Queen’s Cup Bangkok Airways – SAT Samui Golf Tournament buoyed with confidence following his victory on home soil on Friday.
Haig, a two-time Asian Tour winner, fired a second round two-under-par 70 to clinch victory at the Sunshine Big Easy Tour’s Irene tournament.
The 27-year-old is now looking forward to repeating his heroics at Santiburi Samui Country Club where the full field Asian Tour event will be staged.
“It’s good to win on South African soil again. I played lovely this week and it’s a good confidence booster going on to Asia. I’m off to Thailand and Malaysia for two weeks, then I’ll be back here to play a few more Big Easy events,” said Haig, who finished third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2007.
“This game is all mental, and I’ve been working hard on changing my attitude. You have to get into the right frame of mind, and I’m feeling really positive after this week,” added the South African.
The 27 year old began the final round three shots clear, but a shaky start that included bogeys at the fourth and sixth holes left him tied for the lead with Englishman Michael Downes on seven under par.
Haig had to stay strong after making a further birdie at the tenth, but regrouped with a run of pars before he birdied the 17thand 18th for a winning total of 10-under-par 134.
“I haven’t been in this situation for a while, so it’s nice to pull one off. It was a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Haig.
“It was quite nerve-racking, especially when Mike (Downes) came at me with those early birdies. The pressure got up and I made a few silly drop shots on the first nine, but I pulled it together nicely and finished with two birdies,” added Haig.
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