Friday, April 19, 2024

Kenya Open: Ugandan golfer makes DP World Tour historical past

Amidst all the cash and greed dividing the game proper now, one thing magical befell on the Kenya Open on Friday.

And it’ll absolutely depart a smile in your face.

Ronald Rugumayo, a 31-year-old from Uganda, grew to become the primary golfer from his nation to make the lower at a DP World Tour occasion.

He did so in dramatic vogue, making a seven-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th to make the lower on the quantity at even-par. Rugumayo shot a 1-under 71 on Friday, because of this historic putt that dropped within the aspect door.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what I ought to say,” Rugumayo stated to Jason Sagini of RIF, a French radio outlet, after his spherical.

“No matter occurred immediately, I used to be anticipating it, and I’ve been working onerous in the direction of it. I’ve actually put in lots of time and dedication, and no matter has occurred this week, I actually deserve it.”

At present ranked 2901st within the Official World Golf Rankings, Rugumayo has certified for the Magicial Kenya Open thrice earlier than. However in every of these appearances, he didn’t come shut to creating the lower.

Earlier than this week, his profession scoring common on the Kenya Open was 75.67, however he did shoot a 3-under 69 through the second spherical in 2022. That helped him end in a tie for 92nd, nonetheless three photographs beneath the lower line.

“This 12 months, this event, I need extra than simply making the lower,” Rugumayo added.

“Sure, I made the lower. However I’ve not achieved my targets but. I might love an excellent place, however it’s going to all [depend] on me, how I play, and the way I deal with issues. What I do will decide the place I’ll end.”

Absolutely, Rugumayo would like to contend in a DP World Tour occasion, or even perhaps win! However his accomplishment of constructing the weekend shouldn’t be neglected.

Contemplate this video posted by Ugandan sportscaster Harmless Ndawula, who fantastically captured the joy surrounding the 18th inexperienced instantly after Rugumayo’s putt dropped.

Rugumayo’s play needs to be celebrated all around the globe, not simply in his native Uganda. His displaying in Kenya this week is a testomony to his drive, tenacity, and dedication, but it surely additionally demonstrates how international the sport of golf is.

In any case, of the 15 skilled occasions he performed in on the Sunshine Tour and the Massive Simple Tour in 2023, Rugumayo made solely three cuts.

Therefore, he is aware of all about stress and the extraordinary which means of constructing the lower, which suggests he takes dwelling a paycheck.

“Strain is regular. It occurs to everybody,” Rugumayo added.

“However one factor I like about stress when it comes is that you’re taking part in for one thing good. Then again, I embrace stress. In case you are taking part in totally free, you’ll be able to’t really feel stress, so each time I really feel stress, it’s a reminder that I’m taking part in for one thing good.”

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By way of. Remember to try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as nicely.

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