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Kruger finds peace in golf and religion

Sport and religion are what Jbe Kruger lives for. Scroll down his profile on Facebook, and the prominent feature, other than golf, in the 'activities and interests' section is 'Living for God'

other Updated: Feb 18, 2012 23:03 IST
Robin Bose

Sport and religion are what Jbe Kruger lives for. Scroll down his profile on Facebook, and the prominent feature, other than golf, in the 'activities and interests' section is 'Living for God'.


The former keeps the hearth burning at his home in Bloemfontein, the latter is a means of reaching out to Christ.

"A person who is living for God is like a tree planted by streams of water…", says Psalm 1:3 of the Bible. Going with it, the South African's endeavour is to "passionately pursue Christ in everyday life".

It was his unflinching belief that enabled the 25-year-old to endure the pain of falling back from the doorstep of victory in 2010. Not once, but thrice the trophy slipped out of his grasp, and on each occasion, Kruger soothed himself by attributing it to the Almighty's will.

Christ was again invoked on Saturday, albeit in different circumstances.

By working his way up 15 spots, to end with a 66, the summit was his, and a maiden European Tour title beckons.

The round at the DLF Golf & Country Club was a benchmark and Kruger is firm on going into Sunday with it in mind. "I'm going to try and play like how I did today."

Having laid out what he needed to do on the final day of the Avantha Masters, the onus was placed on Christ. "If Jesus wills it's meant to be my week, it will be mine."

With a day to go, the need to stay focussed was not lost on Kruger, and with the words, "I don't want to think too far yet," he shifted the gaze to putting, the other ingredient of his success. Barring two eagles and birdies, it was an austere card, and the tiny golfer is aware the putts need to keep going in. "That's what defines the winner," he said.

The lessons learned from the past have him hopeful. "I'm more experienced….and that will give me the edge. My putting has been good and if I can see the line, my putts will go in."

Besides his unflinching love for Jesus, there is another side of him. Though unable to place a finger on the reason, Kruger feels a certain affinity for this country. "I don't know what it is but I happen to play well in India," he said, referring to the string of strong finishes here.