Jumat, 26 Oktober 2012

More South Africans to Learn!

If you've been watching the CIMB Classic and the name Jbe Kruger is new to you, better get used to it. He's another of those young players coming out of South Africa with a lot of game.

I had some trouble finding Jbe's player page at the European Tour site, despite him being a member. Fortunately I was able to find a working link at Jbe's Wikipedia page, so you can get to his ET page by clicking this link.

Jbe (that's short for James Barry and he seems to be ok with pronouncing it like the initials J.B., despite the odd spelling) fascinates me because he's such a little guy. He's only 5'5" tall and around 130 lbs, yet he smacks the ball around 290 yards. (Yeah, you read that right -- 293.35 yards this season, to be exact.) He's got two wins on the Sunshine Tour and he got his first ET win earlier this season.

Here's a short piece Golfing World did on Jbe (mostly funny questions) that gives you an idea what his personality is like:

And if you want to know how good his nerves are, he played his second round with Tiger Woods -- he hadn't even met him until a few minutes before tee time -- and at the time I'm writing this, the two have finished 11 holes. Tiger is -3 for the day, sitting at -8 overall, while Jbe is -6 for the day and has the solo lead at -11.

Better get used to the name, folks. Jbe Kruger needs to develop some consistency, but he's certainly got the game... and at only 26, he's got time to make that name much better known.

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