Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE professional golfer Brendon de Jonge marked his return to form on the US PGA Tour with a great start in this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open at Scottsdale in Arizona on Thursday. De Jonge finished tied for tenth last year at the same tournament and put aside his dip in form with an impressive first round display, which saw him shoot a five-under par 68.
The burly De Jonge is the only Zimbabwean playing on the prestigious US PGA Tour and is currently the highest ranked local player on the Official World Golf Rankings on number 126.
Consistency was the key for De Jonge as he managed seven eagles and two bogeys with the rest being pars.
The star complimented his long game with good putting to finish in a share for tenth after the opening 18 holes.
De Jonge, who did his tertiary education at Virginia Tech University on a golf scholarship, missed the cut in last week’s event.
American Bubba Watson and Y.E Yang are the pacesetters after they scored an impressive seven-under-par 65.