Zim golf star Kieran Vincent hopes caddie choice can bag International Series glory

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Kieran Vincent poses for a picture with his caddy and fellow countryman David Du Preez during ahead of this week's International Series Singapore event which teed off on Thursday at Tanah Merah Country Club.

Modern golfers often emphasize the importance of the caddie and rising Zimbabwean golf star Kieran Vincent, who secured his breakthrough win on this season’s Asian Tour is hoping his choice of partner with family ties, will bring success on The International Series.

Vincent has already hit some heady heights this season, winning the International Series Vietnam in April.

Aside from natural talent and the 14 clubs in his bag, the rising star had one other key ingredient.

The Zimbabwean installed fellow countryman David Du Preez on the bag for the International Series Oman back in February, and nationality was not the only factor behind the decision.

Du Preez spent the previous season caddying for Vincent’s elder brother Scott, and that stint helped crown Vincent Sr as 2022 International Series Order of Merit champion, a title that secured a golden ticket to LIV Golf and a lucrative place on the Iron Heads GC team this season.

Vincent Jr still has a slim chance of making it two Order of Merit titles in the first two years of The International Series for the family, as he currently sits third in the standings behind current leader Andy Ogletree and Japan’s Takumi Kanaya.

Kieran Vincent watches his tee shot during the practice round ahead of the to International Series Singapore at Tanah Merah Country Club.

The 25-year-old is delighted to call on his experienced looper. He said: “For David to be on my bag is huge. He is a great person, he was able to grow with my brother last year, working with him for the whole year on LIV and the Asian Tour, and that has been huge.

“My brother did a great job of introducing him to the caddying side of things, and he has just taken it and run with it. Every player is different, in terms of what they want from a caddie, so moulding and explaining things is important, but he is getting it and it is awesome to have him on the bag.”

Meanwhile In-form South African Jaco Ahlers has a different reason for calling for advice from his caddie.

Ahlers installed his wife Ronelle on caddie duties for consecutive International Series events in England and Scotland this summer, and that partnership reaped almost immediate rewards – going from a T31 at Close House to a T3 on the St Andrews Bay Championship in Scotland.

Ahlers switched over to his brother Henie for caddie duties last weekend as he secured a first ever victory on the Asian Tour at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, but Mrs Ahlers is back on duty this weekend on the testing Tampines Course at the International Series Singapore.

Ahlers is currently sitting just outside the top 30 in the International Series Order of Merit but is well placed for a late-season surge up the rankings with three events still to play on this season’s schedule following the International Series Singapore.

Discussing the partnership, he explained: “It started in Newcastle, I just said to her ‘listen, come and play’. I had a long-time caddie that didn’t work out, so I said to her why not come have a bit of fun.

“It’s nice, she’s seeing the world as well, it’s her first time in Asia, and it was her first time in England as well so it’s nice to spend a bit of time together – it’s nice to have a little bit of fun outside of South Africa.”

Regarding the roles and responsibilities for both player and caddie, he added: “She is not too involved in the technical side – I have been doing it long enough, but she is really good with the mental side especially in St Andrews where I finished well with a T3.

“She kept me going that last day which makes a difference. It’s a different dynamic, I do the book and she keeps my heart and head level, so it works out lovely.”

 

 

 

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